James Robert Paul

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James Robert Paul 11-14-1935 to 4-9-2023

He died peacefully at his home on April 9, 2023, after a brave 5-year battle with lung cancer, surrounded by his wife and all 3 of his children. He was born in Jamaica, NY, on Nov. 14, 1935, to Andrew Paul and Agnes Small Paul. He earned a scholarship to Regis High School in New York, graduating in 1953 and attended Queens College (part of the New York City College System) graduating in 1957 with a degree in Mathematics.

He was recruited to the David Taylor Model Basin upon graduation and was instrumental in the first use of mainframe computers to implement data processing for the U. S. Navy to inventory and maintain electronic equipment aboard its fleet. It was at the Model Basin that he met his wife to be, Marjorie. While working at the Model Basin, he graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s degree in Mathematics. He left the Model Basin to join IBM in 1960 where he worked in a Management Sciences group on a variety of information technology projects. While at IBM he was assigned to the Office of Economic Opportunity where he developed a computer system to assess and process the first Head Start grant applications during the Lyndon Johnson administration.

He left IBM in 1965 to join Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (later KPMG Peat Marwick) to work on information technology projects for governmental clients and was named a Partner in 1968. He was instrumental in the success of the FAMIS financial management software system which was implemented in many State and Local governments throughout the US. He also led a Health Care Information Systems group for KPMG in the Northeast. He was a strong supporter in the election of many colleagues to the Partnership.

He retired from KPMG in 1987 to become the Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia Medical Center where he led the implementation of one of the earliest Physician Order Entry systems in the country. He joined Children’s National Medical Center as Chief Information Officer in 1996 where he assisted in the successful transition to the Year 2000 as well as several information technology projects.

On April 28, 1962, he married the love of his life, Marjorie Chrystine Maupin. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie, of Vienna, VA and their three beloved children, Anthony Michael “Tony” (Sarah) Paul, Jennifer Susan Paul (Kevin) Koshute all of Vienna, VA and Sarah Elizabeth Paul (George) Cabalu of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by their nine much-loved grandchildren, Alexander, Angela, Heather, and Tyler Paul; Olivia and James Koshute; Andrew, Benjamin, and Clara Cabalu. He enjoyed reading, golf, skiing, and Sandbridge Beach, especially with his children and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends in Vienna on Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Money & King, 171 West Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA 22180, and in Charlottesville on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 401 Alderman Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00. Christian burial will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, 5210 Wesley Chapel Road, Free Union, VA 22940. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Regis High School, 55 E. 84th Street, NY, NY 10028 (https://www.regis.org/give), or Wesley Chapel Cemetery Association, c/o Patricia Collier, 4088 Millington Road, Free Union, VA 22940, or to a charity of your choice.

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  1. Jim was a wonderful person, and was my first boss at what was then PMM&Co.
    I so appreciated his leadership, and his support of me … and his wonderful sense of humor!

  2. It was with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Jim Paul … a great friend and colleague …
    a devoted family man … and an uncommonly kind, considerate and engaging human being. His was a life well-lived which impressed and inspired those of us who interacted with him over the years.
    Bill and Eileen Long

  3. So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. First class guy and always fun to be around. He and I worked together when he was at UVA and always seemed to have a special bond…or was that just Jim being a perfect gentleman to everyone he met? Loved your Free Union home and the fun parties. Lots of good memories when I think of both of you. Always think of you guys as I drive by the Free Union home. Ed Smith

  4. I had the great pleasure of working with Jim Paul when he was at UVA heading up its health I.T. efforts and he was just terrific in every respect. What a wonderful and talented man he was including such a captivating smile and consistently helpful attitude. Installing physician order entry in electronic record systems in those days was fraught with multiple challenges and under his leadership plus some push from the top, we got the job done! I was always sorry that our paths never crossed after those days working together. His legacy is a very honorable and enviable one. My sympathies go out to the family and his many friends. I too feel his loss.
    Don Eugene Detmer, MD, MA, VP for Health Sciences emeritus, UVA and currently Professor of Medical Education, UVA.

  5. Marjorie, I am Marjorie Via Shifflett from Earlysville VA. I go to Free Union Church of the Brethren. My dad was Milton Via. So sorry for your lost. Take care of yourself.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. James Paul, a true family friend. He will be greatly missed! My Dad met Marge Paul while working at David Taylor Model Basin in Washington, DC in the 1960s, and the two couples, my folks and the Pauls, became great lifelong friends. Our family left Maryland and moved to California in the 1970s but we never lost touch. The Pauls visited us on many occasions, taking a few memorable trips with my folks to some great destinations around northern CA. We hosted their daughter Jennifer (my parents god daughter), for several weeks one summer. My sister Ellen and I made some memorable trips to visit the Pauls while growing up. I remember enjoying warm summer days on their ranch in Charlotsville, VA and cruising in Jim’s stylish mercedes convertible. I also enjoyed visiting Jim when he hosted us at his flat in NY City during the summer of 1988. A super gracious host, it made for a memorable and fun trip to the Big Apple. I will always remember Jim Paul as a generous man with a great big heart and wonderful sense of humor. Rest in Peace, Mr. Paul.

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