Passing of Paul Lioy

July 9, 2015

To the RBHS community:

I am deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden passing yesterday of Paul Lioy, professor and internationally recognized researcher in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and director of exposure science at Rutgers’ Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI).

Many within our university community know Paul because of the breadth of his activities here and previously at UMDNJ. A pioneer in the use of exposure assessment in the field of public health, he was highly regarded internationally as evidenced by the many achievement awards and honors he received over his career. He joined RWJMS in 1985.

Paul played a valuable role in the recent integration, was a member of the RBHS Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and chaired the RBHS Institutional Stature Committee. He was a member of the Internal Advisory Board of the Rutgers Institute of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security. He co-chaired the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Rutgers University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response.

In 2010, Paul gained a great deal of attention with the publication of his book Dust: The Inside Story of its Role in the September 11th Aftermath, which examined how the terrorist attacks left New York City with an environmental disaster of epic proportions. He had begun studying the disaster and government response shortly after the attacks.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced in the near future.

Brian L. Strom, M.D., M.P.H.
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences