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Mr. Paul Richard Erwin

Obituary for Mr. Paul Richard Erwin

September 2, 1944 - March 19, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 73


Paul Richard Erwin, age 73, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, after an extended illness. He will be remembered by family and friends for his devotion to teaching, love of all sports (especially football and golf), gift for storytelling, rapier wit and incredible sense of humor, and lifelong passion for doo wop, country and bluegrass music.

Paul spent his childhood in Stamford, Connecticut, where he was known to most as "Ernie." He graduated at the top of his class from Stamford High School in 1962 where he was a star tight end for the Black Knights. He went on to play football at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon, West Virginia, where he earned his BA in English in 1966. At Wesleyan, Paul also served as editor of The Pharos, the university's student run newspaper, and was a member of the Delta Xi fraternity. He continued on to earn an MA in Education from University at Albany, State University of New York.

Paul launched what would be a nearly 50-year career as a dedicated classroom teacher, administrator, and innovative educator in 1966 as an English teacher at Dallastown Area High School in Pennsylvania. He then went on to inspire students and athletes at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York where he taught English and coached football. In 1976, Paul joined as a founding member and second headmaster of The Winston School in Dallas, Texas, a groundbreaking independent school focused on serving children with learning differences. Under his leadership, Winston earned accreditation as a private day school from the Texas Education Agency and from the Independent Association of the Southwest, raised record funds to build a new permanent campus in North Dallas, and continued to grow, graduating its first high school class in 1978. Over the next decade, Paul also led efforts to expand Winston's program in Dallas, and launch additional campuses in San Antonio, Texas and Del Mar, California. As part of his deep commitment to educating all children in a manner best suited their learning styles, Paul also developed the groundbreaking Winston Grammar, Hammer the Grammar, and Visual Vocabulary Programs, multisensory curricula designed to help students understand the structure of language and comprehend the principles of traditional grammar. All three programs are now used by schools and homeschoolers across the country. Paul concluded his formal teaching career at South Brunswick Middle School in North Carolina where, true to form, he took on the toughest teaching assignments in the special education program. Before his retirement in 2011, he was honored as Teacher of the Year.

Paul was the son of Robert Richmond Erwin and Ruth Tyrrell Erwin, and younger brother of Judith Erwin Sullivan, all of whom preceded him in death. Paul is survived by his wife, Maria Weeks-Erwin; former wife and mother of his three daughters, Barbara Trask; his daughters and their families: Julia Erwin-Weiner of Los Altos, California; Martie Maguire of Austin, Texas; and Emily Strayer of San Antonio, Texas; and his son, Ian Davis, of Leland, North Carolina.

The family is planning memorial services in San Antonio, Texas and New Milford, Connecticut. In addition to participating in the memory page, and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Winston School San Antonio, 8565 Ewing Halsell Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229, or

Paul Erwin San Antonio Memorial, a celebration of life
Sunday, April 29th 1pm-3pm
The Great Room @ The Broadway Residences
4242 Broadway Street
San Antonio. TX 78209

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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