May 1, 1930 - May 8, 2021
Paul G. McDonough, MD Augusta, GA - Paul G. McDonough, M.D., age 91, of Augusta, Georgia, passed from this life to the next on May 8th, 2021 at home in the presence of his family. Paul was born in Scranton, PA and served in the US Air Force in France before returning to the United States and finally settling in Augusta, Georgia. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Nicole Moreau, his daughter Didi (Chris), and two sons, Miche (Mary Helen) and Jean Paul (Colleen), and nine grandchildren; Alexie, Catherine, Hollis, Charlotte, Harrison, Lucie Banks, Grace, Jack, and Hannah. He is also survived by his brother Gerard A. McDonough, MD (Nancy) of Bradenton, Florida. Dr. McDonough’s distinguished medical career was the product of ability and an enormous capacity for work. Coming from modest means, he learned at an early age the importance of diligence, drive, and persistence. Between his undergraduate years at the College of the Holy Cross, graduating magnum cum laude in the class of ’52, he often recalled his summers waiting tables for tips and lodging in Atlantic City and at the Cape Cod Playhouse. Dr. McDonough’s early academic accomplishments included membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, and President of Phi Beta Pi at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, class of ‘56. In 1957, he was commissioned as a Captain in the Air Force and stationed in Chateauroux, France, where he would meet his life partner, Nicole. It was his persistence pursuing Nicole, in addition to his piano musical talents, that led to their elopement. Upon their return to the US, they spent two years at University of California San Francisco, he as a resident in Radiology, before returning to Philadelphia General Hospital and finishing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1964, he came to the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) as a Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology. Upon completion of his fellowship, he joined the department as the Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Genetics Section, a position he held until he stepped down in 1996. It was from here that Dr. McDonough’s medical academic career accelerated. He was to become world renown and board certified in reproductive endocrinology, genetics, and cytogenetics. He authored over 300 papers, edited several medical journals, served on panels for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration and became one of the most sought-after speakers in the world. In the mid-1960s, he was part of the pioneering group in Medical Genetics who began their investigations when clinical genetics was just beginning. Dr. McDonough started the first Reproductive Endocrine section at MCG in 1966. He was responsible for the training of over 34 research Fellows from all over the United States. The MCG training program in Reproductive Endocrinology was, for many years, the only one accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Southeast. His program has been a magnet to bring postdoctoral trainees and faculty to MCG. At least 14 of his former fellows are currently Directors of Reproductive Endocrine Divisions at medical schools. In recognition of these contributions, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award for the School of Medicine in 1984-85 and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Clinical Science Research in 1990. The Paul G. McDonough Lectureship was established as part of the McDonough Society by his former fellows. At a national level, Dr. McDonough conducted numerous postgraduate courses and delivered many honorary lectureships throughout the world. From 1979 to 1983, Dr. McDonough was Chairman of the Genetics Task Force at the Medical College of Georgia and, from 1983 to 1993, was Acting Director of the Human Genetics Institute at the Medical College of Georgia. His contribution to science and the advancement of women’s health are almost without peer. He was a member of dozens of medical societies, and Past President of: The Society of Reproductive Endocrinology, South Atlantic Association of Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the North American Society of Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology. He was Associate Editor of the Journal for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine for 20 years, and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. He was a member of numerous other editorial boards in obstetrics-gynecology and genetics. In 2007, the MCG Research Institute presented Dr. McDonough a Lifetime Achievement Award for fundamental research leading to insights into disease prevention, progression, or therapy. In 1996, Dr. McDonough received the Billings Silver Medal from the American Medical Association for his work on gonadal dysgenesis. He was awarded an NIH Fogarty Fellowship and was given an honorary Professorship in the Rene Descartes School of Medicine in Paris, France. The apogee of this scientific career was the President’s Distinguished Scientist Award that was awarded to him by the Society for Gynecological Investigation in 1995. Dr. McDonough’s scientific firsts are many. He was early in understanding the importance of molecular genetics, identification of gene mutations in reproductive disorders, and instrumental in Y chromosome mapping. He was the first to do laparoscopy in the Southeast, first prenatal diagnosis of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), and the first to diagnose molecular CAH. Almost overlooked was his athletic ability and relentless running and swimming. For nearly fifty years he could be seen at the crack of dawn running in his yellow shorts, whether he was in Paris, Hong Kong, Boston, or Augusta. He played golf and tennis and competed in numerous races, finishing third in his age group in the Philly half-marathon. As much as he will be missed by the medical academic community, he will be missed more by his family, Fellows, and friends, for whom he could always find time to listen and offer words of encouragement. A Funeral Requiem Mass will be offered at 1:00pm o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 12th of May 2021, at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, 1440 Monte Santo, Augusta, GA celebrated by Fr. Mark Ross. The family will receive guests an hour prior to the funeral mass at 12:00pm in the narthex of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to American Society for Reproductive Medicine, www.asrm.org. The funeral mass will be live streamed on the St. Mary on the Hill’s website: http://stmaryonthehill.org/live.htm Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com
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