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Paul Allen Sommers

Paul Allen Sommers, American health care executive. Recipient Distinguished Service award, Epilepsy Association, 1980; State Illinois Masters Honours fellowship, 1969-1970, National Doctoral Honours fellowship, 1970-1971.


  • Sommers, Paul Allen was born on April 9, 1945 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Frank Albert and Rosalie Bertha (Steffen) Sommers.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Wisconsin, 1967. Master of Science, Southern Illinois University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, 1971.

      Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania.


    • Instructor health physical education Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, 1967—1968, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1968—1969, research associate department special education, 1969—1970, instructor, 1970—1971. Evaluation consultant Minnesota State Department Education, St. Paul, 1971—1972. Director Special Education Superior vena cava syndrome-Cooperative Education Service Agency 4, Cumberland, Wisconsin, 1972—1973.

      Director special education services Wausau District Public Schools, 1973—1975. Instructor exceptional children University Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 1973—1979, Milton Wisconsin College, 1973—1979. Director liaison education affairs Comprehensive Child Care Center, Marshfield Clinic and Medical Foundation, Wisconsin, 1975—1980.

      Executive director Comprehensive Child Care Center. Assistant administrator Gundersen Clinic, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 1980—1985, executive vice president, since 1985. Member faculty University Wisconsin, Gundersen Clinical Pediatric Residency Training Medical School, 1982—1985.

      Field editor division special education and rehabilitation United States Department Education, since 1982. Chief administrative officer Ramsey Clinic, Ramsey Foundation, Ramsey Healthcare, Inc., St. Paul, since 1985. Member clinical faculty School Public Health Division Health Services University Minnesota, Minneapolis, since 1986.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Board directors Neurodevel. Institute Cerebral Palsy, Wausau Medical Center, 1973—1980, Midstate Epilepsy Center, 1976—1978. Board directors, member education policy committee Sunburst Youth Homes Emotionally Disturbed, 1975—1980, Wisconsin Association Perinatal Centers, 1976—1979, Ramsey Integrated Health Services, 1987—1992, Ramsey Clinic PA, since 1987.

    Member of St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Medical Group Management Association, Medical Group Management Association, American Medical Group Practice Association, Wisconsin Association Children with Learning Disabilities (professional advisory board 1983-1985), Wisconsin Association Perinatal Centers, Easter Seal Society Wisconsin (vice president 1978-1979), Wisconsin Epilepsy Association (president Midstate Center 1978-1980), National Epilepsy Association, United Cerebral Palsy Association Wisconsin, United Cerebral Palsy Association America, American Association Mental Deficiency, Council Exceptional Children, Wisconsin Council Administrators Special Education (executive officer 1975-1976), National Council Administrators Special Education, American Public Health Association, American Legion (Hudson) (Wisconsin chapter, baseball coach, manager 1989-1992).


    • Married Carol Ann Newsom, June 10, 1967. Children: Eric Paul, Marc Allen.
    • father: Frank Albert Sommers
    • mother: Rosalie Bertha (Steffen) Sommers
    • spouse: Carol Ann Newsom
    • children: Eric Paul Sommers
    • Marc Allen Sommers
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    Born April 9, 1945
    (age 72)