SENECA FALLS - Dr. Paul R. Foote, longtime Seneca Falls resident, physician, and a one-time medical director of the Eastman Kodak Company, died on Thursday (April 18, 2013) at Geneva General Hospital in Geneva, N.Y. The cause was complications from pneumonia. He was 91.
Calling hours will be held Saturday (April 20) at Sanderson Moore Funeral Home in Seneca Falls from 2 to 5 p.m. Interment at Fork Hill Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y. at the convenience of the family.
Dr. Foote was born in Auburn, New York on July 28, 1921, and attended Auburn public schools. An ROTC pre-med student, he was one of an accelerated war-time cohort and received an AB degree (1943) and an MD degree (1945) from Cornell University. Dr. Foote shipped out to occupied Japan in 1946 where he was soon made medical officer for the island of Hokkaido, Japan. He was married stateside in 1948 to Lois Johnston, whom he had met as an intern at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital in 1945-46, and where Mrs. Foote was a student nurse. Dr. Foote served in both the US Navy and Air Force. Finally returning stateside from Japan in 1951, Dr. Foote eventually re-located to Rochester, New York where he worked for several years in Eastman Kodak's medical unit. Dreams of establishing a small private practice in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York brought him to Seneca Falls, where he maintained a private practice into the mid-1960s. After securing a Master's of Public Health Degree from Harvard University, Dr. Foote briefly worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX and then rejoined Eastman Kodak, ultimately working there over 25 years. After his retirement from Kodak, he joined the staff at the Strong Memorial Hospital - University of Rochester Medical Center where he worked several more years in the Occupational Unit. Dr. Foote retired from active medical practice at age 77, shortly after the death of his wife. An avid private pilot, Dr. Foote was also an amateur winemaker and genealogist. He was active in his community serving on the Boards of the Seneca Falls Savings (Generations) Bank and the Seneca Falls Museum of Waterways and Industry. Earlier, he was on the Village of Seneca Falls Planning Commission, the Seneca Falls Central School Board, and was a founding trustee of Eisenhower College. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Seneca Falls Historic District.
Dr. Foote is survived by his five children; Sarah Foote Claflin, Ellen Foote, and Martha Foote (all of New York City), Caroline Foote of Winchester, Mass., and Paul Richard Foote, III of Seneca Falls; and by five grandchildren.