Paul Sandler, M.D., of blessed memory, passed away peacefully, June 13, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by Maryjane, his loving wife of 54 years; his children, Lisa, David and Jocelyn, Suzanne and Scott, and Sarah; his adoring grandchildren, Jack, Will, Emmett, Rafi and Vivian; and his brother, Maurice, and sister, Marlene.
Dr. Sandler was a scion of the Arizona medical community, practicing nephrology for nearly 50 years after an early career in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology. He passed, much as he lived, caring for his family and sharing his love. Paul was widely known for his tremendous intellect and compassion, often preceded by his trademark laughter and whistling. He valued family above all else and thought of his community of medical professionals and patients as extended members of his family.
Born in New York in 1939, Dr. Sandler was an innovative practitioner, with a love of learning and teaching that reached well beyond medicine. He served as chief of pediatric nephrology as a major in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as associate professor of pediatric nephrology at Georgetown University. Paul and Maryjane made their home in Phoenix in 1977, after which he founded Arizona Kidney Disease and Hypertension Center. They also became life members of Beth El Congregation.
Although landlocked in Arizona, he swam miles in the pool each day. He was an avid surfer from the time he lifeguarded as a teenager in Long Beach, New York. The joy he derived from surfing lives on in his children and grandchildren, as does his emphasis on the importance of family. Surf’s up, Papa Paul.
Contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to the Martin Pear Jewish Community Center in the Valley of the Sun, Scottsdale, Arizona. JN