Paul Kenneth Woodburn Jr., 67, of Mt. Airy, a therapist and health care administrator, died Feb. 13 of a brain tumor at Keystone House Hospice in Wyndmoor.
Until his retirement in 2010, Mr. Woodburn was employed by the Lenape Valley Foundation as director of Correctional Mental Health Services for Bucks County Correctional Facility, providing therapy to a variety of clients for more than 25 years.
Earlier he had been a social welfare policy analyst at Horizon House Inc. and a therapist at the Joseph J. Peters Institute, one of the first centers in the country to treat sexual abuse victims and offenders.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Woodburn was a graduate of Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. He attended Muhlenberg College and graduated from the University of Baltimore. He earned a master’s degree in social work from Temple University and a master’s in psychological services from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had entered the Ph.D. program, completing all but dissertation.
After he and his wife, the former JoAnne Sink, were married, the couple moved to southwest Oklahoma as VISTA volunteers.
Returning to Philadelphia, Mr. Woodburn was employed at Temple University, where he conducted community mental health research in urban and rural communities.
A Mt. Airy resident for 42 years, he was active in the community. He helped to gain approval for and build a community garden at the Carpenter Lane SEPTA railroad station and was an early member of the West Mt. Airy neighborhood Town Watch.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Cavadel, of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Cherry Woodburn, of North Carolina, and a grandson.
A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., in the Andorra section of Philadelphia.
Mr. Woodburn donated his body to the Humanities Gift Registry. Memorial donations may be made to the Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or the Pennsylvania Prison Society, 245 N. Broad St., Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19107. – WF