Obituary: ZIMMERMAN, PAUL

Published: Friday, Aug. 29 2014 2:54 p.m. MDT

Paul Zimmerman 1948 ~ 2011

Born in 1948 in Hamilton, Montana, Paul graduated from Bountiful High School, and Oregon State University. He married Kristina Frederickson in 1971 and after four years in the US Navy, he taught high school for several years and then entered the Oregon Health Sciences University medical school. Upon graduation, he moved his family to Salt Lake City to complete his residency in ophthalmology. After a year as chief resident, he was awarded a fellowship in uveitis at Doheney Eye Institute in Los Angeles CA. He returned to Salt Lake City and worked at the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. In addition to treating patients and performing surgery, he was the Director of Residency. In 2002, he accepted a partnership at the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota. He generously donated his time to Junior Achievement, the Northern Plains Eye Foundation, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce and other non-profit organizations. Throughout his entire life, Paul never stopped learning. His unending curiosity combined with a genuine love of people made him the consummate teacher. One of his primary professional goals was to empower both his students and patients by sharing his knowledge and his passion for science. He was able to teach without condescension, with child like eyes wanting someone else to discover what he had already seen. He had a way of making each person he was speaking with, feel like the most important person in the world. He is survived by his wife, Kristina; sons, Michael (Kimberly and children), James (Alexis) and John; parents, A. L. and Lorrine; sisters, Eileen (Tom Nicol and neice) and Janet; and father-in-law, Jim. According to Paul's wishes, donations to the John A Moran Eye Center (65 Mario Capecchi Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84132 Att. Lynn Ward) would be appreciated or a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb 5th at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian (1012 Soo San Dr. in Rapid City). Friends may sign his online guest register and offer condolences at www.serenityspringsfuneralchapel. com