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Breidenbach, Dr. Paul Passed away on Tuesday, July 29th from a cardiac arrest at St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, IL. He was born in May 1939 in St. Louis, MO to Walter and Velma (nee Kaiser) Breidenbach, both now deceased. He is survived by his partner, Sharon Pierson; her children, John and Alisa; his two brothers, Walter Jr. and Bob; Walter's wife of 50+ years, Marianne; Bob's partner, Jessica; nieces, Amy, Karen, Hope and Robin; nephews, Andy, Eric and Grady. He was also predeceased by his brother, Don; and nephews, Alan and Keaton. Paul joined the Christian Brothers in 1959. Following his Baccaleaurate, he began teaching history to high school students at Chicagoland schools. In 1969, he left the Brothers and enrolled in Northwestern University where he earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology in 1973. He then taught at Loyola University for 36 years before retiring in 2009. Besides his career as a beloved educator at Loyola, Paul was a bluegrass and folk musician since his teen years. He played locally at many clubs including Quiet Knight and Holsteins, singing and playing the dobro with Hot Tamales and Brushfire. He performed with artists Anne Hills, Jan Burda, John Hartford, Byron Roche and the Dillards. Paul was a world-wide traveler and lover of Baroque music which he supported avidly in Europe and the US. He also was especially fond of the Pre-Raphaelites and a good biography. He was a long-time supporter of those recovering from alcoholism through his devoted participation in AA. There will be a private cremation and a celebration of Paul's life will take place on Saturday, September 20th. Please email paul.breiden@gmail.com for further details. Donations in Paul's memory can be made to the American Handel Society or AA 12 Step House at 4454 North Damen Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60625.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Aug. 3, 2014
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