OBITUARIO

Paul O'Leary

2 junio , 197512 mayo , 2021
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Paul J. O’Leary M.D., 45, died in his sleep on May 12th, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Malinda Blair O’Leary and his two daughters Sylvia and Sophia O’Leary as well as his brother, Tobias O’Leary and parents Brian and Gerda O’Leary. Paul was born June 2nd, 1975 in Birmingham, Alabama to Brian and Gerda O’Leary. His father was a professor at UAB and mother a teacher at Ramsay High School both immigrants from England and Denmark respectively. He married Malinda, December 2005, and raised two children, Sophia Hazel Kirsten O’Leary (8) and Sylvia Quinn O’Leary (4). Paul graduated from Shades Valley Resource Learning Center in 1994. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, graduating Summa Cum Laude, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Mathematics in 1998. He earned an M.D. and MSc in Health Informatics at UAB (2005). He went on to complete a residency in psychiatry at UAB. He would go on to complete fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry at UAB and a forensic psychiatry at Emory University. He was proud to be board certified in all his specialty areas. His professional pride and joy were the two companies he would launch, calling them SHKO Medicine, LLC and SQO Medicine, LCC each company named for his daughters with their initials. If you asked Paul what is his hobby he would say “organized medicine”. He thrived in an environment of politics, organizing and advocating. He was active in the local, state, and national psychiatric organizations. He served as president of the Birmingham Psychiatric Society, was on the Legislative and Public Affairs Committee for the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association and served as the Speaker of the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association. The other hats he wore in his hobby of organized medicine are too numerous to name but he enjoyed it all. He was passionate about his work but also was a bit of a gourmand. He enjoyed renowned restaurants when traveling but also loved showing off his own culinary abilities to friends and loved ones. One can say he had also developed quite a love for interesting wines as well as sharing his finds with friends and family. Though Paul traveled well and dined at, literally, the “best restaurants in the world”, at home he would often just order some food from the local Chinese restaurant and “relax” on the couch as he worked on his laptop while a movie played.

Servicios

  • Visitation

    miércoles, 19 mayo , 2021

  • A Memorial Service to Honor the Life of Paul O'Leary

    miércoles, 19 mayo , 2021

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Patrick Bruce Atkins

2 julio , 2021

Paul was that extraordinary fellow that everybody wanted to know, listen to, and soak in his vibrant spirit. He was kind, compassionate, endearing, humble and a man of honor. He returned my every phone call and became a major resource for forensic psychiatry. He was so busy and trying to make a dent in the world and ended up creating a masterpiece of human love. He was everybody’s favorite speaker ad leader. He inspired many young professionals to become psychiatrist. May God bless his family with His divine peace. Isaiah 57:1-2 may comfort us all as God sees the future and calls us when we are ready. May the seeds that he has sown produce magnificent fruit for the good of the Lord’s Mingdom and the earth .

Gary Thurman

21 junio , 2021

I'm a former patient of Dr. O'Leary's and it's obvious to me that he was trying to make the world a better place, and that's what he did for me. I will miss him. I wish peace for his family.

Lacey Pody

8 junio , 2021

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Dr. Oleary’s passing . I had the opportunity to work with him as a nurse at UAB hospital and I also had the opportunity to complete clinical hours with him as a Nurse Practitioner student . I was able to learn a great deal about psychiatry and meditation management during this time .He was very knowledgeable and kind . He always looked out for the best interest of his patients and staff . My prayers go out to his family .

Krystal Tomei

28 mayo , 2021

Paul truly left this world a better place. I had the pleasure of knowing him for years through the AMA. He was kind, funny, and always caring. His laugh and smile were simply infectious. May his memory and legacy live on through his family. My sincerest and deepest condolences for your loss.

Jennifer Hayes

21 mayo , 2021

Dear Malinda, Sofia & Sylvia- No words can articulate just how much I loved Dr. O'Leary as a colleague but also as a friend. I worked with Dr. O'Leary through the Medical Association and the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association. Malinda, one of my favorite memories was when Dr. O'Leary brought Sofia (around 18 mos.) and her training bike to the APPA meeting at Sandestin, and she rode the hallways laughing during our meeting. Dr. O'Leary loved it, and so did we! He also had the BEST laugh, the kind of laugh when you hear it you know it's him. He took us to the best places to eat during the APA meetings and had the best stories. You were the loves of his life. I always enjoyed catching up with you when you came to the APPA meetings, too. My heart aches for your entire family. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.

Melinda Sutton-Griffin

20 mayo , 2021

I was very shocked and sadden to hear of Dr. O'Leary's sudden and unexpected death. I worked with Dr. O'Leary at UAB Hospital where he was the head of our department (JTN5 Adult Psychiatry). Working with Dr. O'Leary and watching the way he practiced helped me to develop a greater understanding of psychiatric medicine. Dr. O'Leary was easily approachable, highly knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. He always had his patient's and staff's best interest at heart. Dr. O'Leary could advocate like no other and it was truly a pleasure to have worked with him . He will be missed beyond measure. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Sherill Swanson

19 mayo , 2021

I was very sadden to hear of Dr. O'Leary's death, he was very kind. I worked vie video and phone with Dr. O'Leary thru Department of Juvenile Justice for a number of years. His wife, daughters and extended family will remain in my prayers. May he rest in peace.


With deepest sympathy,

Sherill Swanson
Assistant Director Eastman YDC

Heidi Hullinger

19 mayo , 2021

I was surprised and saddened to hear of Paul's untimely passing. I got to know him through the AMA and he brightened up every room he entered. He also clearly loved his field and made so many contributions to it. I seem to remember a Rorschach tie that he loved to use as an ice breaker! Prayers and blessings to his family who lost him too soon.

Julie Alonso-Katzowitz

19 mayo , 2021

Paul was such a loyal and caring friend to so many, a dedicated doctor and patient advocate. We did our Emory Forensic fellowship together and became close friends. He could not have been more supportive as I navigated that fellowship year with infant twins. We had many great laughs at our Emory lunches with Peter and Glenn and in our work together. We joked that since there were only 2 of us in the program, it was a good thing we got along.

He spoke so lovingly of Malinda, Sophia and Sylvia whenever we caught up at APA or AAPL meetings. They were the light of his life and I send them my deepest condolences. His work in organized medicine at the APA and AMA and his legislative advocacy were incredibly impressive and I always admired his entrepreneurial spirit and creative ideas. He taught me a lot about good food, fine wine, travel, technology and so many other topics. His Rorschach ties always made me smile. He was a kind, generous, smart, funny and all-around wonderful friend and I will miss him greatly. The kind of person who could connect with just about anybody, tell endless stories of all his adventures and show his genuine appreciation for those he valued in life. The loss to his family, friends and the psychiatry community is immeasurable. May his memory be for a blessing.

Joan Lancaster

19 mayo , 2021

Paul’s was a life well lived. Inspiring. So grateful he was a part of my family.

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View from Montclair Hospital

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1 month old

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Paul's Christening at 1st Presbyterian Church. Dr. Edwards Father, grandmother and mother.

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Aunt's visit from Denmark.

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Visiting Rock Ridge property April 76.

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What baby does not like balloons.

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