Paul A Swinehart, Jr, MD
Dr. Paul Alpheus Swinehart, Jr. Age 63, died at his home in Northeast Tacoma on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from causes related to cancer. Born January 19, 1952 in Spokane, WA to Dr. Paul Alpheus Swinehart, Sr. and Genevieve Louise Swinehart (n‚e Hulteen), Paul is preceded in death by his parents, brother Samuel Dorsey Swinehart of Kirkland, WA, and brother Donald Swinehart of Sumas, WA. In Spokane, Paul attended Ferris High School, during which time he earned his Eagle Scout award. He completed undergraduate studies at Washington State University, medical school at Creighton University, and anesthesia residency at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Swinehart practiced anesthesia for 28 years with Tacoma Anesthesia Associates. Always in support of the underdog, Paul was a lifetime WSU Cougar fan. He loved animals and the natural environment and gave generously to organizations committed to their welfare. He loved boating, hiking, and open spaces, none more than his beloved Priest Lake, ID. An ethnic Swedish-German, Paul was especially proud of his Scandinavian heritage and Lutheran identity. He was an avid reader of history books, spy novels, and stories of mountain and ocean adventures. Few people love music as Paul did; bluegrass, old country, Motown, folk and rock of the 60s and 70s, and classical music accompanied him wherever he went. He devoted himself to learning the piano during several phases of his life. Dr. Swinehart is survived by his four daughters, Elizabeth Mulligan-Ferry of Brooklyn; Meredith Swinehart of San Francisco; Caroline Swinehart of Tacoma; and Stephanie Swinehart, currently serving in the Peace Corps in Senegal. Other survivors include his sister Paula Crawford of Colorado Springs, brother Martin Swinehart of Lenexa, KS, and former spouse Christine Swinehart of Tacoma. Memorial services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Federal Way, WA at 2:00 pm on May 9, 2015. All are welcome to attend and share memories of Paul. At his request, cremation remains will be laid to rest by his family. Gifts in his memory may be made to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, PO Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 15, 2015