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

  • Michael

    Relatively speaking, I only knew my father-in-law, Paul, for a short time, but it is hard
    to overstate the amount of respect and admiration that I developed for him in
    that time. While he may have been soft-spoken at times, the wisdom, humor
    and kindness in his words always made an impact upon me. I will never forget
    our Sunday morning conversations over the breakfast table at my in-laws’ house, where we debated everything from politics, current events, historical movements, and countless other subjects for hours on end. My one great comfort was that he was able to meet his grandson, James, and the joy that they brought each other is something that I will never forget. Paul, although you are no longer with us, you will always remain in the hearts and thoughts of our family and the countless friends that you made along the way.