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Paul H. Ripple, M.D.

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 31, 2020 @ 4:45 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

Paul H. Ripple, M.D., passed away on January 23, 2020 at his home in Lancaster Pa.

Born in Lancaster on July 31, 1922, he was the son of the late Harold G. and Anna (Harnish) Ripple of Lancaster. He was the husband of Carolyn Louise Wohlsen, daughter of Albert and Kathryn Wohlsen.

Paul attended Lancaster Public Schools, and graduated from McCaskey High School in 1940. He was active in Boy Scouts of America earning his Eagle Scout award.

Known by his friends as “Rip,” he graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a B.S. degree, in Biology. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, and was the football manager. Later he became president of the Franklin and Marshall Alumni Association.

He graduated from the University of PA School of Medicine in 1946. He served his internship at Lancaster General Hospital. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. Upon his discharge he took a residency in Ophthalmology at Washington University Mo. and completed studies in 1953.

He practiced ophthalmology in Lancaster for 40 years. (1953-1993) He was a member and president of the Lancaster City and County Medical Societies, State Medical Society and a member of the American Medical Society.

He was a long time member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He was a member of the PA Society Sons of the Revolution, and was a member of the Hamilton Club of Lancaster and served on its Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of the Conservancy of Lancaster Co. from 1998-2015. He was a founding board of the Lancaster Museum of Art. He was a member of the Slumbering Ground Hog Lodge Quarryville, Lancaster Pirates and Tucquan Club.

Dr Ripple received the following awards over his life time: The Edwin Eshleman Humanitarian Award from the Lancaster Cancer Society in 1999; Community service award by the Rotary Club 2001; Lancaster Association for the Blind service award 1992; distinguished service award for Lancaster City and County Medical 1974; hall of fame of F&M 2001; volunteer of the year F&M 1992; and Nevonian Society award 2009.

He was preceded in death by his spouse Carolyn Wohlsen, and son David H. Ripple. He is survived by his son Edward A. Ripple ( Christie ), his daughter Carol R Ricks (Daniel), his grandchildren Jessica Mueller, Jennifer Livingood, Ashley Masog, Andrew Ricks, Rylee Coleman, Ted Ripple, and six great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held for family and friends at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 540 W. Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17603 on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow at the Hamilton Club.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Ripple wishes your support for his life’s passions; Lancaster Museum of Art (135 North Lime Street, Lancaster), Edward Hand Medical Museum (P.O.Box 10302, Lancaster), LancasterHistory (230 North President Ave. Lancaster), Lancaster General Health Foundation (609 North Cherry Street, Lancaster).  To leave an online condolence, please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com 


Condolences for the family of “Paul H. Ripple, M.D.”

Condolence from Susan & John Garofola, MD on February 2nd, 2020 9:05 am

As we are traveling we won’t be able to share with you the celebration of Rip’s life. What an amazing couple the two of them were and we were so fortunate to be able to call them friend and professional colleague. Our community is a better place because they both lived here.

May the family be blessed with God’s love as you lay Rip to rest in his loving arms

Condolence from Barry Solodky on February 2nd, 2020 1:34 pm

I loved my eye doctor appointments because of his great humor. He always welcomed me into his home and cheered for us at basketball games. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Condolence from Barbara Groff on February 2nd, 2020 11:03 pm

I had to be one of his first patients in 1953 as an infant. I am thankful for his dedication to me without that I would have lived my life without the ability to see.

My condolences to the family for your loss.

Condolence from Beverly S. Martin on February 2nd, 2020 11:34 pm

Dear Family and Friends of Dr. Ripple:

I was saddened to read about his passing. I am a former patient of his, but now live in New Bern, North Carolina. I am amazed that he was 97 years young when he passed. I will remember him always as a kind and gentle man. I have a set of his drawings and will cherish them now more than I did before.
I wish each and every one of you my condolences and pray you have peace knowing he is in a better place.

Beverly S. Martin

Condolence from Stefanie Valar on February 12th, 2020 6:22 pm

Paul was an iconic Lancastrian, proud of his hometown and a wonderful civic and community leader. It was during my 19 years of service in Franklin & Marshall College’s Development Office that I got to know Rip well: he personified the words “loyal alumnus”.
He was a beloved member of the F&M and Lancaster communities. I miss him very much.

Condolence from John Corcoran on February 21st, 2020 8:56 am

To the family of Dr. Ripple we send our prayers and condolences. We are unable to attend his celebration of life but you will be in our thoughts. One of our Lancaster treasured memories was the hospitality of Dr. and Cassie when we taught our children to skate on “Ripple’s Pond”. We had many wonderful winter days there. They were a wonderful, generous and loving couple. May he rest in peace.
Dr. John and Mickey Corcoran

Condolence from Pamela Isenberger Williams on March 21st, 2020 11:20 am

Dr. Ripple was my first eye doctor at the age of two. I’ll never forget his huge personality and his wonderful laugh. I remember he was very gentle with me and even at that early age I was never afraid to go to his office. Rest in peace, Dr. Ripple.

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