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Walter Pauk

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 13, 2019 @ 8:29 am In Obituaries | 5 Comments

In Memorial

Walter Pauk, age 105 of Willow Valley Community, Lancaster PA, passed away December 7, 2019 in Naples, Florida. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, he resided in Ithaca New York, before retiring to Lancaster in 1994.

Mr. Pauk was a retired Professor from Cornell University where he earned a Doctorate in Education Psychology. He went on to become the Director of the Reading and Study Skills Center at Cornell. He was a respected speaker and author in the field of reading and study skills, writing over 100 books. His best-known book “How to Study in College”, published almost sixty years ago is still influencing students today.

He loved the outdoors, enjoying camping, hiking, canoeing and golf. He always kept himself physically fit. He took many multi-week trips in the mountains of the Wind River Range in Wyoming and canoe trips in Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. His last camping adventure was a Canadian canoe trip at the age of 91.

His associations include; Cornell Univ. Alumni, Cornell Emeritus Professors, Univ. of Connecticut Alumni, International Reading Assoc., Reserve Officers Assoc., Retired Officers Assoc., and the Adirondack Mountains Assoc.

Mr. Pauk served in the US Army during WWII and the Korean War, retiring as a Lt Col.

He was also a member of Boehm’s United Methodist Church.

Mr. Pauk was predeceased by his wife Esther Florian Pauk in 2003, and is survived by a son and daughter in Florida.

He was a kind, gentle and loving father.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 1 pm at Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery, 399 E. Penn Grant Rd. Willow Street PA.

Condolences for the family of “Walter Pauk”

Condolence from Elizabeth Ring on December 14th, 2019 2:25 pm

I was sorry to read of Professor Pauk’s death in the New London Connecticut Day paper. Although I did not know Dr. Pauk, his daughter Laurie was a classmate and friend in Switzerland around 1966 while Dr. Pauk was on sabbatical in Liberia. Laurie related a funny story about her dad sticking his head out the window of the car and forgetting to pull it back in before he cranked the window shut! Please share my condolences with Laurie. Thank you. Elizabeth Norris Ring

Condolence from Nate Palmer Southington CT on December 14th, 2019 6:31 pm

My condolences, loved my morning exercise and word of the day with Uncle Red as a kid visiting Cornell Univ. Thought about him often over the years what a long life and full life.

Condolence from Michael Merwin on December 25th, 2019 5:25 pm

I am Michael Merwin the grandson of Peter Pauk who was Walter Pauk’s older brother. Only met his once and only have Tremendous Admiration for him! Only wished I could have known him more!!! His work in World War II was beyond Heroic!!!

Condolence from Gabriel Lima on January 9th, 2020 8:49 am

Mis condolencias a la família y a los amigos. Seguramente Dios sabrá recompensar todo el bien que Walter hizo a la vida intelectual de tantos estudiantes como yo.

Condolence from Don Steele on February 3rd, 2020 5:36 pm

so sorry to hear about walter.
I was surprised about his life, his scholastic excellence, his war experiences. you never know –My wife and I was his neighbor for many years at Sandarac condo in Florida.
i resided in apt 810 in Sandarac but never had ocassion to talk very much with him other than hello He will be missed.condolances to his son and daughter whom i talked to periodically.

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