Paul W. Knoll | Obituary


Dr. Paul W. Knoll, dearest husband and father, died peacefully at his home in Mukilteo, Wash., surrounded by his family on Aug. 5, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dr. Knoll was born in Corvallis, Ore., on Sept. 3, 1950, the eldest son of Robert Paul and Eleanor Ann (Thorne) Knoll. He graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1968. Dr. Knoll received a Bachelor of Science in Physics with honors from the University of Washington. On a blind date in 1970, Mary Margaret McCauley stole his heart, and they were married in 1971 in Seattle. Dr. Knoll earned a M.D. degree and did internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at UW, and his postgraduate fellowship in Medical Oncology at UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Knoll practiced medical oncology in Everett, first in solo practice and then adding partners as Everett Hematology/Oncology Associates and Western Washington Medical Group. Most recently, he was part of the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. He was also a Medical Director of Hospice of Snohomish County for 27 years.

Dr. Knoll was a founding member of the Mercer Island United Methodist Church and a long-time member of the Everett First United Methodist Church. He was a noted baritone singer in the choirs of both churches.

Dr. Knoll was a true renaissance man and philosopher who had a never-ending intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning on a wide variety of subjects. He loved traveling, Italy, opera, geography and trivia. A kid at heart, he loved Disneyland, Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, and his sheltie, Tasha. Above all, he was kind and respectful to his patients, friends, colleagues and his family.

In June 2003, Dr. Knoll was given the “Angel of Hospice” award by Hospice of Snohomish County. In 2008, he was also named Washington State Hospice and Home Care Association Physician of the Year.

Dr. Knoll is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Mary; his daughter, Annemarie, and son, Robert; his mother, Ann Knoll; brothers, David, John (Sue) and Mark (Phyllis); brother-in-law, Charles McCauley; and nieces and nephews, Joseph, Patrick and Michelle McCauley, Jeremy, Catherine, Johanna and Kiera Knoll. He was predeceased by his daughter, Amy, and his father, Robert Paul Knoll.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at First United Methodist Church, 3570 Colby Ave., Everett.

Memorials are suggested to the Dr. Paul W. Knoll Endowment Fund for the Hospice Care Center, 2731 Wetmore, Suite 500, Everett; or the Everett Symphony, 2710 Colby Ave., Everett; or the First United Methodist Church (Organ Fund) 3530 Colby, Everett.

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