Contributions to Medicine, Law and Science Earn Paul Kuhnert Significant Sig Award

Paul Kuhnert '65 Significant Sig

Paul Kuhnert ’65

“Paul M. Kuhnert, MD, PhD, JD is unique – I know of no other scientist with such an extensive background, including three graduate degrees and accomplishments in both academics and industry.  He has clearly excelled at both.  His dedication to our fraternity make him an even more obvious choice for designation as a Significant Sig,” wrote pledge brother and Significant Sig N. Reed Dunnick ’65.

Paul’s passion for lifelong learning has earned him three doctoral degrees enabling him to make significant contributions to the fields of medicine, law, and science.  His career includes 25 years at Merck & Company and 14 years at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

Academic Years

Paul received his BS in Biology/Chemistry in 1965 from Purdue.  He went on to receive his doctoral degree in cellular physiology from Kent State University before joining the faculty of Case Western Reserve University.  His innovative research has been funded by federal, industry and non-profit organizations.

While working on CWRU’s faculty, he received his medical degree in 1988.  Paul’s accomplishments in academic medicine include publishing 125 scientific papers, book chapters, letters to the editor and abstracts.  Paul received a highly sought after National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant and has been funded on two NIH extramural grants.  He has also served on the NIH scientific review panel.   Brother Kuhnert was promoted to Associate Professor before leaving CWRU to join Merck & Company.

Industry Accomplishments

While at Merck, Paul held the position of Senior Director, Medical Affairs whose responsibilities included the medical and legal review of pharmaceutical advertising, writing or editing regulatory documents, and the development of pharmaceutical product circulars.  Brother Kuhnert was involved in 22 drug development programs and received three Merck Award for Excellence commendations.

Charitable Causes

Paul has made an effort to give back in many ways.  He is a frequent contributor to many charitable organizations and is an active participant in community organizations including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Glassy Chapel Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors of Sandpiper Run.

Class of '65 Delta Delta Sigma Chis

Class of ’65 brothers gather for some golf on Sanibel Island, FL in 2018. L-R: Paul Kuhnert, Bob Smith, Joe Creaghead and Dick Gentry.

Pledge Brothers Sum It Up Well

Jeffrey Masnick ’65 commented “I am proud to have such an outstanding person as a comrade and fraternity brother.  I admire the leadership and integrity Paul brings to every situation. His accomplishments have been extraordinary, and he has always been a strong supporter of Sigma Chi since our college days at Purdue. “

Another pledge brother Robert T. Smith ’65 stated, “Paul and I became Delta Delta pledge brothers and friends over 50 years ago.  He has made ours an enduring friendship for which I will always be grateful.  Brother Kuhnert has always demonstrated exemplary character, highest integrity and the ideals and virtues that make him a special Sigma Chi.”

Family

Paul has been married to Dr. Betty for the past 51 years.  They worked together in graduate school and later at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  When Paul took a job with Merck in North Wales, PA, Betty continued her career at Wyeth (later Pfizer).  They have two daughters who live in Georgia and New York and three grandchildren.

Paul and Betty retired in Landrum, SC, at the Cliffs of Glassy between Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC.  They devote part of their time to taking courses at Furman University; Betty studies languages primarily, and Paul explores writing and photography.  They also play as much golf as they can and volunteer on several boards and committees.

4 Responses to “Contributions to Medicine, Law and Science Earn Paul Kuhnert Significant Sig Award”

Russell Pfahler, PhD 1965

Congratulations Brother Paul. Well deserved!!
Russ

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Bill Weigel 1963

Super article Paul. You Kuhnert lads are top class. Weigs ’63

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Donn Griffith 1963

My pledge brother, Ralph Kuhnert, put me in touch with his Brother, Paul, to consult on a personal health problem in 2006. I will always appreciate his compassion and expertise, as it helped me through a tough time. Both Kuhnerts are super-significant to me!

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John Spires 1965

A super article for a great brother that never fails to impress! I congratulate you on your lifetime of many accomplishments.

Happy Easter to you Ann your wife.

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