Paul J. Lioy
Paul J. Lioy of Cranford, N.J., professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and director of exposure science and associate director of government affairs at Rutgersí Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, passed away suddenly on July 8, 2015. He was 68.
A graveside service was held July 13 at St. Gertrude's Cemetery, 53 Inman Avenue, Colonia, N.J.
Lioy is survived by his wife, Jean; a son, Jason; a daughter-in-law, Laura; two grandsons, Alexander and Samuel; his mother, Jean; and a sister, Mary Jean Giannini.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Lioy was an internationally recognized researcher and a pioneer in the use of exposure assessment in the field of public health and highly regarded internationally as evidenced by the many achievement awards and honors he received over his career. He joined RWJMS in 1985.
Lioy played a valuable role in the integration with most of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He was a member of the RBHS strategic planning steering committee, and chaired the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences institutional stature committee. He was a member of the internal advisory board of the Rutgers Institute of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security.
Lioy 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, Lioy 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.
Although he wrote numerous scientific articles, Dust was written for the public about scientific issues that arose during the World Trade Center aftermath, and the lessons we need to still learn or better understand to deal with natural or terrorist catastrophes. The book resulted in the completion of a webcast for the 9-11 Memorial Museum archives.
Born in Passaic, N.J., Lioy received a bachelorís degree from Montclair State College, a masterís degree in physics from Auburn University and a doctorate in environmental sciences from Rutgers in 1975.
For nearly 30 years, he conducted research at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among his many awards are lifetime achievement awards in air pollution from the Air and Waste Management Association and in exposure science from the International Society of Exposure Science.
Lioy served as a chair or member of many international boards and committees. In 2010, he received the Daughter of the American Revolution National Ellen Hardin Walworth Medal for Patriotism.
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