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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

OBITUARY

Joseph E Paris

October 16, 1940September 6, 2012
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Joseph Edward Paris, age 71, of Marietta, died quietly at his home September 16, 2012. Joseph was born October 16, 1940 in Argentina, and immigrated to the United States in 1967 to complete his PhD at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He was an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Tufts University for several years before entering Boston University Medical School, graduating in 1975. In 1983 He and his family relocated to Florida where he found his true calling in Correctional Health Care. He served as Chairman of the outpatient department at Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, Florida, Medical Executive Director at Union Correction Institute and Medical Director, North Florida Reception and Medical Center. In 1995 he became Medical Director of Georgia Department of Corrections, a position he held for 10 years. At the time of his death he was working part-time at Clayton and Douglas County jails in the HIV and Infectious Disease Clinic and at the DeKalb County Public Health Department HIV Clinic. Dr. Paris was active in many professional organizations in the field of correctional medicine. He was a founding member of the Society of Correctional Physicians and served as president 1999 – 2001. He served as president of the Florida Chapter of the American Correctional Health Services Administration, and member of the executive committee on Correctional Health Care as well as chair of the policy and standards committee for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Physicians’ Recognition Award from the AMA, the Davis Award and the Armand Start Award for achievement in the field of Correctional health care. He authored over 200 professional publications in the field of medicine and correctional health care. Joseph was active in many local organizations, including the National Railway Museum, Accordion Club of Greater Atlanta, and Arms Collectors of Georgia. He was a well-known Tango musician who performed both locally and internationally. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Elisa, as well as his infant son, Joseph Edward, Jr., and daughter, Christina. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Marietta; children, Laura Paton of Charleston, SC, Marta Hughes, of Rydal, GA, and Joseph John, of East Hartford, CN; grandchildren, Louisa Paton, Parker Paris, and Madelaine Paris. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 3:00 PM in the chapel of H. M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, Canton Hill, with a reception at the funeral home immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Southeastern Railway Museum P O Box 1267 Buford Hwy Duluth, GA 30096.

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  • Memorial Service Sunday, October 7, 2012

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joseph bick

January 18, 2013

I just learned of Joe's passing. We met ages ago when our paths crossed providing health care to inmates. Over the years, he has been one of the shining lights in jail and prison health. His advocacy on behalf of the incarcerated and his education of correctional medicine clinicians has led to immeasurable improvements in correctional public health. Truly an amazing man. And fun to be with. I will never again raise a glass of Argentine Malbec without remembering the man who introduced me to it. All my best to his family...

Laurie Davis, RN, BSN, LNC

October 23, 2012

I just received word of, and am saddened to learn of Dr. Paris' passing. We involved him as an expert in a couple of our correctional legal cases and I was impressed with his knowledge. I send many sincere condolences to his family and friends and pray for comfort and healing of all. My stepmom is battling pancreatic cancer right now, it is tough to be strong, but hope prevails. I hope you find comfort in fond memories of Dr. Paris and his contributions to correctional medicine. RIP Dr. Paris, fly with the Angels, you've grown your wings.

October 6, 2012

I was so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. He and I worked together for more than seven years at the GA DOC Office of Health Services and he was always professional, knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. I appreciated and enjoyed working with him. Mary Ellen Lane

Karen S

October 6, 2012

Hi Mary, I didn't get the pleasure to meet Dr. Paris. However, if he was married to you, I know he knew great things when he found them. You are truly a treasure and know that you and you and your family have my deepest sympathy during this tough time. Know Dr. Paris is in a much better place than we are and keep his great memories strong. Love and prayers are with you all.

October 3, 2012

Mary,
Joe will be remembered as a learned physician who truly made a difference. He will be missed by his peers who looked to him for guidance. ... The Society of Correctional Physicians has chosen to honor him by creating a lecture series in his name. This is very appropriate because Joe was truly an inspiration to the field of medicine that he chose as his career. I am so proud to call him my colleague and my friend...
Love and prayers, Dianne Rechtine MD

Aaron Goodman

October 3, 2012

I worked with Dr. Paris as an expert witness in the past 2 years. He was extremely intelligent, kind, balanced, and treated each case as an opportunity to teach me something new. He was a wonderful man.

September 18, 2012

Trials like these can be very hard. Please allow the fond memories, the love from family and friends, and most of all relying on the strength that only God can give, bring you the comfort that you need at this time.

Raymond Wexler MD

September 18, 2012

Shocked and saddened to here of Dr. Paris's passing. He was a superb teacher and colleague, and I will miss him greatly. Was privileged to work with him in various capacities for several years. My sincerest condolences to his family and many friends. It is a deep loss for the medical community.

mb conner

September 18, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

PB(Rev 21:3,4)

September 17, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

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