Our dear friend and former Professor in the VCU Department of Family Medicine, Paul J. Munson passed peacefully on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Paul was a passionate and devoted educator with a long and influential career in the VCU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. He served as Predoctoral Director and was instrumental in establishing the culture of collaboration and educational innovation within the department, across the VCU School of Medicine, and beyond. He was dedicated to helping others develop their potential as educators and leaders. Paul enjoyed piano, woodworking, gardening, and traveling to see family and friends, and touched so many with his compassion, kindness, respect for others, humility, and optimism. Paul will long be remembered for his educational design concepts (“personal anchors,” “collective wisdom,” etc.) and for his contributions in building the culture of service to students, many of whom are now faculty who contribute to our educational programs.
For Paul, nurturing learners was like the care family physicians provide for their patients – personal and enduring over time. The Paul J. Munson Faculty Development Endowment fund was established to honor his legacy of designing curriculum and teaching others how to create experiences that promote meaningful learning. Memorial contributions may be made to the Munson Faculty Development Endowment Fund/Paul J | (804) 828-4800.