Guest Post - Mary-Wynne Ashford - Tribute to Dr. Paul Eisenbarth

by: Heather on 11/24/2011
Posted in: Guest Posts

This tribute to Dr. Paul Eisenbarth was passed along by Mary-Wynne Ashford, author of Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror and War. It originally appeared in Turning Point, the newsletter of Physicians for Global Survival. PGS is an organization of Canadian physicians who, because of their concern for global health, "are committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons, the prevention of war, the promotion of nonviolent means of conflict resolution and social justice in a sustainable world."

A valued supporter of Physicians for Global Survival and member of the board, Dr. Paul Eisenbarth came to Canada from the United States as a conscientious objector in 1970. He had a lifelong commitment to peace, abolition of nuclear weapons and social justice. He lived the latter with a commitment to First Nations' health, serving in one of the remotest of remote communities in Ikaluktutiak (Cambridge Bay).

Paul's widow, Marney Cuff, shared Paul's end of life experience. His greatest concern was whether he had "hugged"  the world enough. Because the brain tumour affected his vision, Marney read to him from Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford's book, Enough Blood Shed, reminding him of the examples of positive change taking place in the world. When Marney was not available to read to him, nurses on the night shift took turns reading to him and were moved by what they learned from the book and from Paul.
The local book store is now going to carry it as "Dr. Eisenbarth's book" so that others who loved and respected him can share Paul's vision for a world without war and violence.

Paul died on March 2, 2011. He was in his 67th year.

Physicians for Global Survival welcomes as members people from all walks of life who share their vision of a just and suatainable world. For more information on their activities, visit their website.



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