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Dr. Paul A. Nowakowski, 86, physician and surgeon who served in Operation Desert Shield

Sept. 28, 1933 – Oct. 12, 2019

Dr. Paul A. Nowakowski, a physician and surgeon who took leave from his private practice to serve in the Army Medical Corps during Operation Desert Shield, died Oct. 12 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Eggertsville, attended St. Luke’s School and was a 1951 graduate of Canisius High School.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Canisius College, served in the Army, then learned German so that he could attend the University of Innsbruck in Austria, where he earned his medical degree in 1963.

“Our father was a family physician,” his sister, Fabia A. Wilgos, said, “and I have another brother, Leon, who was a urologist. We have quite a few doctors in the family.”

Dr. Nowakowski served his internship and residency at Millard Fillmore Hospital. A physician and general surgeon with offices on Walden Avenue in Buffalo’s Schiller Park neighborhood, he served patients at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Sisters Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital.

He retired in 2014.

He joined the Army Medical Corps as a reservist in 1981 and was called up for active duty in 1990 during Operation Desert Shield, serving in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. He attained the rank of colonel.

A former Amherst resident, in recent years he lived in the Town of Tonawanda. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards with family and friends.

In addition to his sister, survivors include a companion, Carol Doherty; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

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