Dr. Paul Kenneth Lewis, Jr.
DR. PAUL K. LEWIS, JR. Dr. Paul K. Lewis, Jr. passed away suddenly on December 19th, 2017, in Boulder, Colorado. Paul was born on May 1, 1951 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Corinne Edwards Lewis and Paul Kenneth Lewis. He graduated from Punahou School, in 1969. Paul became an avid surfer, and continued to pursue the sport for the rest of his life. He became an enthusiastic bone fisherman, and could be seen wading in Kaneohe Bay at low tide with his son and best friend Reid. Paul received both his undergraduate (1973) and medical degree (1977) at the University of Vermont. Paul did an emergency medicine residency at Denver General Hospital, then worked at St. Anthony's Hospital North & Central as an Emergency Physician. There he met his soul mate and the love of his life, Christine Marie Kraft. They have two children together: Maile and Reid. Paul's career was at Boulder Community Hospital (BCH). He planned to retire from his position as BCH's Chief Medical Officer at the end of 2017. His gentle spirit, deep compassion and wise leadership have been a part of BCH for 34 years, 25 years in the Emergency Department and 9 years in Administration. He embodied all that the organization aspired to be, as caregiver, as friend and as part of a loving family. He entered health care to make a meaningful difference. If this is the measure of a life, the fullness of Paul's life is truly immeasurable. Paul paired a playful nature with a disciplined work ethic, a poet's soul with an indomitable will. He was possessed of a venturesome spirit, a keen and inquisitive mind, unbounded energy, a natural athleticism, a spiritual connection to the environment, a love of animals, a passion for life and a deep devotion to family. Paul was fearless. He propelled himself off 14,000 foot mountains on skis, jumped off towering cliffs in a hang glider, surfed the oceans biggest sets and fished the farthest reaches of British Columbia, all with a bold passion. This, and everything else about him, will be missed by all as he embarks on his final journey. Lewie got more licks out of life's lollipop than anyone we know. In lieu of flowers please visit bch.org/paullewismemorial for donations.
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