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Paul Spear, Class of 1964

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Paul Spear

Upon graduation from Marietta College in 1964 with a degree in Biology, Paul joined the institution's faculty thus beginning a thirty-six-year relationship with his alma mater. During his tenure, he was not only an active and popular teacher, but a caring and dedicated athletic trainer and advisor as well as a thoughtful and innovative advocate in his field.

Paul completed his athletic training coursework at The Ohio State University and went on to receive a master's degree in Medical Physiology at Ball State University as well. For more than three decades at the College, he developed one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country and one of the first in the nation to be accredited as a full major by the National Athletic Trainers' Association, (NATA). It was also the first program in the state of Ohio to receive national recognition through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

In addition to his time in the classroom, Paul worked extensively with the Marietta College Athletics Department providing athletic training coverage for a variety of sports and he remains active with Pioneer baseball to this day. A catalyst for the creation of the College's Physician Assistant Program, Paul continues to own and operate SportsMed, a fully dedicated sports medicine and family rehabilitation center that he founded in Marietta in 1986.