Resolution of Condolence: Paul G. Schmitt, MD

Brought by: South Central Chapter

WHEREAS, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians and medical community suffered a great loss when Paul M. Schmitt, MD, of Roslyn, Washington, passed away at age 74 years, on October 5, 2021; and

WHEREAS, he was born on April 15, 1947, in Detroit, the fourth of 12 children born to Francis Schmitt, a dentist, and Eileen Schmitt, a registered nurse and homemaker; and

WHEREAS, at the University of Detroit High School, he established himself as a standout runner and held the school record in the 880-yard dash for several years; and

WHEREAS, as a youth, a lacerated finger led to a suture at the clinic of a close family friend, leading Dr. Schmitt to reconsider following in his father’s footsteps to become a dentist; and

WHEREAS, he spurned an athletic scholarship in order to attend the University of Michigan for both his undergraduate and medical degree; and

WHEREAS, during his first year of medical school, he met his future wife, Cindy, an undergraduate studying psychology; and

WHEREAS, he served his internship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle from 1973-74 and then enlisted with the US Public Health Service as a commissioned medical officer with Navajo Nation in Shiprock, NM, for three years; and

WHEREAS, in 1977, he accepted an offer to move to Kittitas County, beginning a 40-year career as a family physician in Cle Elum; and

WHEREAS, he joined the late Dr. John C. Anderson, a former WAFP president, who had arrived a year earlier, at the publicly owned Cle Elum Family Medicine Center; and

WHEREAS, in 1981, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Schmitt were joined by Dr. Elizabeth Wise; and

WHEREAS, “I have to say that those three doctors stabilized and vastly improved health care throughout the Upper [Kittitas] County community when we really needed it,” former hospital district commissioner Gary Berndt — who helped interview Dr. Schmitt for the position in Cle Elum — recalled in an interview with the Ellensburg Daily Record in 2017; and

WHEREAS, after his retirement in 2017, Dr. Schmitt continued to volunteer with the Ellensburg rural track of the Community Health of Central Washington residency program; and

WHEREAS, he volunteered with a wide array of community organizations during his career, including the Roslyn Kiwanis Club, Roslyn’s Boy Scout Troop 488, the Roslyn Fire Department and Roslyn Fireman’s Association; and

WHEREAS, among the reasons the Schmitts moved to Kittitas County was the ready access to outdoor activities; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Schmitt was an avid hiker, climber, skier, and camper from his days as an Eagle Scout, and he represented the bicycling community as a board member on the Teanaway Community Forest; and

WHEREAS, a hiking trail north of Roslyn was named “Paul’s Trail” in his honor in 2020; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Washington Academy of Family Physicians celebrate the life and career of Dr. Paul M. Schmitt, and recognize his many contributions to the specialty of family medicine, and to the patients, families, and community he served; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Washington Academy of Family Physicians express its deep sorrow and sense of loss for the death of Dr. Paul M. Schmitt, and send a copy of this resolution of condolence as an expression of deep sympathy and high professional regard to his family: wife Cindy, son Morgan (wife Jenifer), son Evan (wife Samantha), two grandchildren, three sisters, and five brothers.

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