Statement on the death of medical student Paul DeWolf

The entire U-M Medical School community has been shocked by the sudden, tragic loss of a member of our fourth-year class, Paul DeWolf.

Paul DeWolf

Photo by D.C. Goings

We mourn the passing of a promising and aspiring surgeon, who connected quickly with patients, had a thirst for knowledge and a dedication to teamwork, and showed his leadership skills in his academic, military training and athletic pursuits.

He was a valued member, and house manager, of our Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity, continuing his commitment to the fellowship of fraternal organizations as he had as an undergraduate at Grand Valley State University.

To lose a student of such potential has dealt a blow to our students, and the faculty and staff who worked with Paul. We are providing support to them, and to his family, whose loss of their loved one brings incomparable grief.

Memorial service plans will be private at the request of the family. We are working to determine the best way to memorialize Paul’s life and contributions at our school. We ask the media to respect the wish of Paul’s family and closest friends for privacy at this most sorrowful time.

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