Potsdam, NY – Paul Stevenson died suddenly at home on April 16, 2013.
Born on April 4, 1961, in Watertown, New York to George and Teresa Stevenson, he was the eldest of their two children. Paul attended General Brown schools as a child.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY in 1983.
He earned dual Master’s degrees from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration and from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Science in 1988.
Paul was proud of his service in the United States Peace Corp. where he served as a fisheries extension officer in rural Kenya. It was here that Paul developed a lifelong love for Africa.
Paul served his country with distinction in embassy postings in Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria; he had recently been posted in Washington, DC where he served in the Bureau of African Affairs.
He led the reconstruction of a landmark block of Potsdam’s downtown historic preservation district that had been nearly destroyed in a fire, creating new apartments and storefronts. Paul also organized the Village’s community forestry program after the 1998 Ice Storm that planted hundreds of street trees throughout the community to replace those lost.
Perhaps his proudest moment during his diplomatic career was being an election monitor in Uganda’s first democratic elections in decades; he watched as Ugandan’s hand counted ballots from their Kampala voting precinct by the headlights of his Jeep.
Paul was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam and St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA.
He is survived by his proud and loving parents, George and Theresa, his brother Jeffery and his wife Debra and their children Alyssa, Andrew and Tyler. Paul left behind many true friends and colleagues around the world that will miss him sorely.
Online condolences can be sent to www.garnerfh.com.
Memorial contributions in lieu-of flowers may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of one’s choice.
Sunday, July 5, 2015, Watertown, NY
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