Paul Benjamin Underwood Jr., MD

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Paul Benjamin Underwood Jr., MD, of Johns Island, S.C., passed away peacefully on November 4, 2020.

Paul was born on August 8, 1934. He attended Furman University and earned his medical degree at the Medical College of South Carolina (now MUSC). Paul finished his residency in OB/GYN at MUSC, and then served in the U.S. Navy at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Paul completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston and returned to MUSC to practice. In 1979, he became the Chair of the OB/GYN Department at UVA, a position he held for 20 years until returning to MUSC in 1999, where he continued to practice medicine until 2019.

Paul was predeceased by his beloved wife, Peggy. He is survived by his children, Paul Benjamin Underwood, III (Kimberly) of Aiken, S.C., and Mary Underwood Muller (Doug) of Johns Island, S.C.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Humanism in Medicine support fund at the MUSC for a newly established scholarship named in his honor. Checks should be made payable to “MUSC Foundation,” 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425, with a notation that the donation is designated for the Paul B. Underwood, M.D. Humanism Scholarship.