Paul G. Wedel, born the first of four children on Jan. 1, 1927, to the late Helen C. and Paul John Wedel in Elizabeth, N.J. Paul grew up in Maplewood, N.J., and later moved to Alexandria, Va. There he attended George Washington H.S. and later transferred to the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., where he graduated in 1944.
Paul joined the Navy in October of that year, where he served as a hospital corpsman at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, until he was discharged in 1946. While serving an additional four years in the naval reserve, Paul attended the University of Virginia for two years, then transferred and eventually graduated from the American University in Washington D.C. But not before he reenlisted and was called up to serve active duty during the Korean War, in the Naval Medical School, and graduating from AU in 1952.
He received his master's from Northwestern University in 1955, by which time he had served as resident administrator at Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg, and was already working as assistant to the administrator at Williamsport Hospital, and eventually assumed the role of chief administrator. Paul worked at Williamsport Hospital for 10 years, where he also served on the Loyalsock Township School Board, and the Williamsport Little League.
Paul G. Wedel
Paul began work at Lancaster General Hospital on April 1, 1964. His first month there, the Department of Labor and Industry told him he had to shut down part of the hospital due to fire and safety issues. With a laser focus and unequaled determination, Paul took the state's decision as a rallying cry to transform LGH into a hospital with superior facilities and equipment, highly trained staff and the most talented physicians.
Paul's proudest achievement however, was the approval by the Board of the LGH Health Campus in April of 1990, which at the time was perceived to be a large risk but has since proven to be a significant pillar in the county's healthcare capabilities. Paul officially retired from LGH on Jan. 1, 1992, but stayed on for two more years as a consultant to the Hospital Foundation in the construction of the Health Campus.
Paul dedicated his life to building the highest quality healthcare, and culture of excellence which continues today.
Additionally, he volunteered for many community service organizations, too numerous to mention. However, he served in multiple executive roles including president of both the Lancaster Rotary Club and Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, boards of Millersville U., Moravian Manor, Inter-County Hospitalization, American Red Cross, Linden Hall, James Buchanan Foundation and the United Way to name a few.
He actively attended St. Thomas Episcopal Church, and served the church and diocese in numerous executive roles including Vestry, Jr. and Sr. Warden, Diocese Trustee, Councils and Committees.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 43 F&AM, American Hospital Association, Military Officers Association of America and Sigma Chi.
Mr. Wedel is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean Martin Wedel and their four children, Dana Wedel, of Oakland, Calif., Laurie Wedel, of Lancaster, Paul John Wedel, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Kurt F. Wedel, of San Francisco, Calif. In addition, "Opah" is survived by eight grandchildren and by 12 great-grandchildren. Paul is also survived by his younger sister, Diana Riley, of Seabrook, N.H.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 S.t Thomas Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. Family will greet friends at the church on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Paul G. and Jean M. Wedel Healthcare College Fund, LGH Foundation 609 N. Cherry St., P.O. Box 3555, Lancaster, PA 17604 (checks payable to: Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences- please memo: Wedel Fund).
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