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Paul Lawrence Fairley

March 9, 2019

Dr. Paul Lawrence Fairley; loving husband, father, brother, grandfather passed away at age 80. Paul was born on January 31, 1939 in Washington, DC to Richmond and Gladys Fairley. He grew up in a home full of love, spirituality and a focus on achievement. The youngest of three sons; Paul always challenged the status quo, rocked the boat, and tipped the scales towards living his life to the fullest every day and making the World a better place. He attended Dunbar High School where his mother served as Vice Principal. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Morgan State University and went on to receive his Master's and Doctorate Degree from the University of Miami. Paul started his career of service as a Teacher at Cardoza HIgh School, DC Public Schools in Washington in 1963 where he taught Physics, Physical Science and Biology for grades 9-12; adult education classes in mathematics and coached the golf team. He began his over 30 years of public service with the U.S. Government in 1971 as a Budget Analyst for the Education and Income Maintenance Branches for the Executive Office of the President, Office Management and Budget. His government career culminated as he served as Director of Resource Management and Executive Officer in the Department of Education's, Office of Civil Rights. In addition to his government service he served as Faculty over many years at the University of Miami, Howard University and Sojourner Douglas College.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Richard and Alvin Fairley. He is survived by Carolyn Dean Fairley, his wife of 24 years; three children, Lauren Fairley Evans, Gladys Fairley Watkins, Paul Milton Fairley and Rhea Wilson Fairley, the mother of Gladys and Paul. He has three beautiful granddaughters Hevin Wright, Martina Wright and Arya Watkins that will miss his love. He is also survived by three nieces, Deirdre Fairley, Ricki Fairley, Sharon Fairley and their children and grandchildren.


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