Paul Ratcliff Winder, MD passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Paul was born on July 3, 1930 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Dr. Paul West Winder and Louise Ratcliff Winder. Paul was a lifelong resident of Shreveport. He graduated from C.E. Byrd High School, Tulane University, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Myra Parkes Winder, his parents Paul and Louise Winder, his sisters Cissie Bronner and Evelyn Naylor. He is survived by his four children, daughter M’Liss Winder Sella (Eric) of Shreveport, son Paul Parkes Winder of Plano, TX, son Carey Edmundson Winder, MD (Carolyn) of Baton Rouge, daughter Amy Winder Heidler (Scott) of Lisle, IL; seven grandchildren, Eric Sella (Angela), John Sella (Emmye), Edmundson Sella, William Heidler (Erica), Bradley Heidler, Emilie Winder, and Parkes Winder; and one great-grandchild, Beau Winder Sella.
Paul served his country as Captain, Medical Corps, in the United States Airforce stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. He practiced dermatology in his community for over 50 years before retiring at age 85. He was a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Chief of Dermatology at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport for over 25 years where amongst his publications was a case of a rare skin disorder that he was the first to link to genetic transmission. He was instrumental in the establishment of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. The Paul Winder Endowed Professorship in Dermatology was established in 2000. Paul was President of the Louisiana Dermatologic Society, President of the Shreveport Medical Society, President of the Faculty at LSUHSC Shreveport, and President of the LSUHSC Shreveport Medical and Dental Staff.
Paul was an avid golfer and loved his time on the golf course with his long-time friends and his family members. He served as a Director of the Southern Golf Association. Paul loved Tulane. One of his favorite things to do was to go to New Orleans with his wife, Myra, and attend Tulane football games and enjoy New Orleans. His love for Tulane and New Orleans began when he was an undergraduate student and continued throughout his lifetime.
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