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March 2, 2009

Dr. Paul Clinton Bailey Sr., scientist and former educator at Birmingham-Southern, passes away

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Paul Clinton Bailey Sr., a former chairman of the department of biology and the division of math and sciences at Birmingham-Southern College, died Feb. 27 at the age of 87. He served as acting president and academic dean at the college until retirement in 1985.

Bailey, a noted research geneticist, dedicated more than 20 years of his career to cancer research identifying numerous causes and treatments of lymphoma. He worked to publish several college text books for freshman biology, and his academic pre-med program at BSC produced numerous doctors and dentists still in practice today.

Bailey was a native of Baileyton, Ala., which was founded by his great-grandfather. Following retirement after 22 years of service to BSC, he accepted the position as mayor of Baileyton and served for 18 years until retirement from the city in 2008. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of literature degree from Birmingham-Southern in 1993.

Visitation is March 2 at Baileyton United Methodist Church from 5-7 p.m. The funeral is March 3 at the church at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to the Dr. Paul C. Bailey Scholarship Fund at Birmingham-Southern College, or to the Baileyton United Methodist Church.

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