Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 11-February-2005, Vol 118 No 1209
Paul Arthur Searle
Paul Searle died suddenly at his home in Hamilton on 15 November 2004, aged 47.
Paul was born in Auckland in 1957. He was educated at St Kentigern’s College, where he excelled academically.
He then attended Otago Medical School and graduated M.B.,Ch.B. in 1981.
Paul spent his House Surgeon and Registrar years in Dunedin, and it was during this time that he studied and passed his part 1 FRACS and developed his interest and passion in Emergency Medicine.
He spent 3 years as Registrar at Dunedin Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.
Then in 1987, to further his career, he moved to Auckland to take up the position of Head Medical Officer at Greenlane’s A&E Department, before finally moving to Hamilton to pursue his goal of establishing his own A&E centre
Davies Corner Accident & Medical Centre was then the next lucky recipient of his skills. In addition to managing the Centre, Paul also furthered his studies, obtaining his Postgraduate Diploma in Community Emergency Medicine.
As a doctor, Paul was highly respected, and will be sadly missed by both his staff and patients due to his down-to-earth no-nonsense approach.
In his spare time, Paul bred champion Angus bulls and was quite the gentleman farmer, however his main sporting love was the sea. As a boy he and his father would spend most weekends on the Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf where many hours were spent fishing, yachting, and enjoying numerous sailing regattas. Indeed, throughout his life he maintained, and shared with friends, an active interest in boating and the thrill of the catch.
Paul is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his 12-year-old daughter, Samara.
We are grateful to Paul’s sister, Kayelesley, for writing this obituary.
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