ROCKPORT — Dr. Paul Joseph Killoran died peacefully at his home in Rockport, surrounded by his family on May 31, 2020, one month shy of his 91st birthday. He lived a long, rich life, finally succumbing to Parkinson’s disease.
He was born on June 27, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, the first child of Dr. Vincent Ambrose Killoran and Lorine Marie (Archambeault) Killoran. He grew up in Sandusky, Ohio, where he attended Sandusky High School and would spend his summers in and around the lakes of Ontario, Canada. He attended Harvard College graduating in 1950, followed by Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 1954. He started his medical training at the University of Utah, completing an internship in 1955. He then spent two years in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne Division as a General Medical Officer.
After being discharged from the army, he continued his medical training in Boston, Massachusetts, where he met his future wife and fellow physician, Elizabeth (Betty) Eilers, on a blind date. They were married in 1961. Paul specialized in radiology and completed his residency at New York Hospital and then worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery until 1968.
After having their first two children in NYC, Paul and Betty wanted a slower pace of life to raise their growing family. They found Midcoast Maine, fell in love with the area, and settled in Rockport. As Paul wrote to his twenty-fifth college reunion class, “moving my physician wife to the open spaces of Maine awakened maternal instincts with disastrous results.” They had four more children, including a set of triplets delivered at Knox Hospital in 1973. While Paul described those events as disastrous, he was devoted to his family. With six children under the age of eight, he mastered the art of being alone in a crowd.
He was a dedicated physician, providing radiology services initially at both Knox and Camden Hospitals and then at Pen Bay, retiring in 1997. One of his colleagues described him as a model of the absolute best a physician can be as he welcomed colleagues into his office to answer radiology questions and discuss their patient’s cases.
He had diverse interests, including the great outdoors. He loved the easy access to Maine’s outdoors, often traipsing around the Camden Hills, or skiing at the Snow Bowl with Betty and his children. He traveled far and wide to hike and ski, including Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He loved classical music attending the Bay Chamber Concert series every summer, and often traveling to NYC to see the MET opera performances.
He remained devoted to his family throughout his life, never wanting to miss any time with his children and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Coastal Mountain Land Trust, Bay Chamber Concerts, and the Megunticook Watershed Association.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.
Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.