Brindley, Paul (1896–1954)

By: Patricia L. Jakobi

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: March 27, 2020

Paul Brindley, pathologist and professor, was born near Maypearl, Texas, on December 27, 1896, the last of the seven children of George Goldthwaite and Mattie (Hanes) Brindley. He acquired his premedical education at the University of Texas, Austin. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1925 and did postgraduate work at the Mallory Laboratory of Boston City Hospital and the Mayo Clinic. Brindley became instructor of pathology at UTMB in 1925 and was promoted to associate professor in 1927. In 1929 he was appointed professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology, positions he held until his death. For twenty-five years he also served as a consultant in pathology for St. Mary's Hospital and the United States Public Health Hospital in Galveston and at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Brindley was responsible for establishing the Galveston chapter of the American Cancer Society and in 1948 was the society's first president. During his career Brindley published over twenty papers in his specialty, many focusing on his interests in aneurysms, malignant diseases, and Madura foot, a tropical disease. After World War II the surgeon general of the Army invited Brindley to visit several Central American countries, including Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras, as a teacher and consultant on Madura foot.

Brindley was preceded at UTMB by his brother, George Valter Brindley, who graduated in 1911. Over the years that Paul Brindley taught at UTMB, eleven of his nephews graduated from the medical branch, ten of them as M.D.'s and one with an M.S. in anatomy. Their presence on the campus led to his being known fondly as "Uncle Paul" among his students. Brindley married Anne Ammons on July 2, 1929. They had no children. Brindley, an accomplished photographer, recorded many of their travels through Mexico, Canada, and the United States. He died in Galveston, while reading in bed, on December 28, 1954.

Brindley became a fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1934 and of the American College of Pathologists in 1947. He was twice president of the Texas Society of Pathologists, which posthumously awarded him its first Caldwell Memorial Award in January 1955. After his death, the sophomore class of 1954–55 erected a plaque in his honor in the Keiller Building at UTMB. In 1982 his wife established the Paul Brindley Distinguished Professorship and Scholarship Fund in UTMB's Department of Pathology. Income from this fund enables the department to bring outstanding pathologists, of whom many are UTMB graduates, to the campus for a week of lectures and seminars with faculty and students.

Galveston Daily News, September 5, 1965. Texas State Journal of Medicine, February 1955. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston: A Seventy-five Year History (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967). Who's Who in America, 1950–51.

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