Dr. Paul E. Floyd ’33 died on January 26, 2012, in Farmington, Maine at the age of 101.
He was born in East Machias on June 19, 1910, and prepared for college at New Sharon (Maine) High School and Phillips Exeter Academy. He graduated cum laude from Bowdoin and from Harvard University Medical School in 1939. He interned at Maine General Hospital, completed a residency at Franklin County Memorial Hospital, a residency in otolaryngology at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital and another in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
As an ophthalmology resident, he helped conceive the Floyd-Grant Irisophake, a device designed to grab and stabilize a cataract in the process of extraction. He started his own practice in Farmington in 1947 and retired in 1075.
He was an avid birdwatcher, hiker and fly fisherman, and remained an enthusiastic organic gardener into his mid-nineties. He was an active member of Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, the Farmington Historical Society and Cutler Memorial Library.
He served as secretary of the Franklin Memorial Hospital Medical Society for many years and was a co-founder of Tri-County United Way. A loyal member of the Farmington Rotary Club, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow after 50 years of service in 1997.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Emily Frizzell Floyd; sons Carl, David and Brian; daughter Penney Lakin, and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by sister Clara and brother Ernest.