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Obituary for Paul W. Case

Paul Case passed away peacefully at his home in Millbrook, NY on Wednesday March 29, 2023.

He was born in Elmira, NY on November 25, 1925, to Clinton J. Case Sr. and Emeretta Case. He graduated from Elmira schools after which he joined the Naval Air Force, receiving his wings just before the end of World War II. He then enrolled in Cornell University, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948.

In 1948 he married Josephine Pharr Stewart Pollock. They had five children, Paul Watson Case Jr, William Messick Case, James Willard Case, Elizabeth Stewart Case and Carolyn Case Sullivan.

After graduating from college, he joined IBM Corporation, where he worked for his entire career. He rose to be IBM’s Director of Design Automation and played a key role in the development of its groundbreaking 360 series of computers. Later in his career he became a member of IBM’s Corporate Technical Staff.

After his retirement from IBM he became an avid bridge player, skier, bicycler and cook. He was devoted to his five children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His community activities centered on land conservation, bicycle path development, good governance and computer security. On his 90th birthday he was awarded a patent for a new type of computer security system.

He believed firmly in the importance of education and made sure that his children and grandchildren had good schooling. He taught driving and and bridge classes at Vassar College and was a lifelong learner himself.

He was predeceased by his wife Josephine in 2005. He is survived by his five children and his companion Lyn Rodd.

He was loved by his family for his intelligence, work ethic, integrity, kindness and love of life. He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 13th, 2023 at 2 pm at the Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Rd. Millbrook, NY 12545.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Hudson Valley Hospice,, and/or the Pawling Resource Center, Please visit his Book of Memories at