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Dr. Wistar B. Paist

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Dr. Wistar Borthwick Paist, 99, of Emmaus, died March 24, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Agnes (Troxell) Paist. They were married 71 years. Born in Doylestown, he was a son of the late Stanley Scott Paist Sr. and Gertrude (Kolbe) Paist.

His family moved to Glenside and he graduated from Abington High School with a letter in soccer. He enjoyed soccer so much that, 30 years later as an East Penn School Board member, he introduced soccer into the East Penn curriculum.

He was chosen in the second draft before World War II and was assigned to recruit for the United States Army in Roanoke, Va. When war was declared, he was reassigned to the staff of Gen. Henry. After graduating from OCS, he joined the 20th Armored Division and then acted as courier between Army headquarters for the South Pacific in San Francisco and any small U.S. held Pacific Islands.

Honorably discharged from the Army, he enrolled in Muhlenberg College for pre-dental studies. After leaving Muhlenberg, he earned his D.D.S. degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. After completing additional education, he became a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in 1973. His dental practice of nearly 40 years began in Allentown and relocated to Emmaus.

He was a charter member of Emmaus Masonic Lodge No. 792 (32nd degree), Captain and then Second Division Commander of Macungie VFW Post 9264, an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Rotarian, a Friend of the Emmaus Public Library and a team member in various bowling leagues and bridge clubs. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to Army reunions and elder hostels.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Debra; son, Dr. Wistar Jr. and his wife, Linda; granddaughter, Alison.

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Allentown or to the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., Emmaus, 18049.

Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes, Emmaus.