Willard Stewart Paul was born at Worcester, Massachusetts, February 28, 1894. He was a student at Clark University, Dartmouth. Massachusetts, and attended American University, 1942, LLD, 1958. LLD, Roanoke, Virginia College, 1959.
He married Ruth Sieurin, April 14, 1919 (died 1953). He married a second time to Louella Musselman Arnold, August 12, 1958.
He enlisted in the Colorado Field Artillery in 1916. He was appointed a Second Lieutenant, United States Army in 1917 and advanced through grades to Lieutenant General in 1948.
He was a graduate of the Infantry School, Officers Course, 1921, Advanced Course, 1930. Command and General Staff School, 1925, the Army War College, 1937.
General Paul was an instructor at the Infantry School, 1930-33. He was detailed to the Adjutant General's Department, 1937-41. He was in charge of classification of all military personnel. He served on the General Staff Corps as G-4, General Headquarters and Army Ground Forces, World War II. He was Commander of the 26th Infantry Division; was G-1, Supreme Headquarters Allied Forces in Europe (SHAEF). He then served as Deputy Chief of Staff USFET; Assistant Chief of STaff, G-1, Personnel WDGS and as a consultant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Manpower; Assistant Director, ODM.
Following his retirement from the military he served as the President of Gettysburg College, 1956, and as Director of the International Christian Leadership. He was also a Member, Retired Officers Association (President) He was a Republican, a Mason (32 degree) and a Presbyterian.
General Paul died on March 21, 1966 and was buried in Section 30 (Grave 1073) of Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Both his first wife, Ruth Mary Sieurin Paul (1892-1953), whos served as an Army Nurse in World War I and his secon wife, Luella Musselman Paul (1910-1978), are buried with him.
Luella Musselman Paul '31 was the daughter of Christian H. and Emma G.
Musselman, founders of Musselman Fruit Products (now Knouse Foods). She graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in business administration, then became involved with her father's fruit processing business, in which she eventually became vice president and a member of the Board of Directors. She married General Willard S. Paul in 1958 and served as the College's first lady throughout his presidency. Well known for her philanthropy, she was a member of the advisory committee for the Emma G. Musselman Foundation.
Mrs. Paul was honored by the College with the Alumni Meritorious Service
Award for her work as a leader in the community, an industrial executive, College trustee, and former first lady. She was involved locally as the president of the YWCA, and as a member of the board of directors of the Community Chest, the executive board of the Woman's League of Gettysburg College, the American Association of University Women, Triology Club, and Soroptimist Club.
PAUL, WILLARD S
- LT. GEN. USA
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF BIRTH: 02/28/1894
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/21/1966
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 03/29/1966
- BURIED AT: SECTION 30 SITE 1074 RH
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
PAUL, RUTH M SIEURIN
- RES NURSE ARMY NURSE CORPS USA
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF BIRTH: 03/01/1893
- DATE OF DEATH: 02/04/1953
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/09/1953
- BURIED AT: SECTION 30 SITE 1074
Reviewed by: Michael Howard