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November 20, 2019

10/2/2019 1:12:00 PM
Paul Gohman

Paul Gohman, 65, of Windom died Sept. 28, 2019, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, two weeks after suffering a stroke.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom, which is handling the funeral arrangements.
Paul Alton Gohman was born July 5, 1954, to Alton and Selma "Sally" (Holt) Gohman in Windom.
He graduated from Windom Area High School in 1972.
Paul served in the U.S. Navy for six years, 1972-78, achieving the rank of Hospital Corpsman Second Class (E5) with a specialty of Medical Laboratory Technician. His Navy tour started with boot camp, Hospital Corpsman School and Medical Laboratory Technician School in San Diego, Calif.;
He was then assigned to Pensacola, Fla., where he worked in the Naval Hospital lab, while moonlighting at Sacred Heart Hospital.
His next assignment was working in the virology department at Naval Medical Research Unit No. 5 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After two months, most American personnel were deported for political reasons.
His final assignment was at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in New London, Conn., where he moonlighted at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Paul returned to Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota for five years. He studied physics and computer science, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics.
He then entered the U.S. Air Force for six years, 1983-1989, achieving the rank of Captain (03). He took Officer Training School in San Antonio, Texas, where he was commissioned for four months. He participated in an engineering conversion program that sent him to Auburn University, where he received a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree in 1985. After writing a paper on optical computing at Auburn, he requested and was transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was assigned to its Foreign Technology Division and worked as a radar systems analyst.
He attended Wright State University part-time, researched optical computing technology and wrote a theoretical thesis on an optical switching device: the colloidal crystal filter.
He graduated with a Master of Science degree in physics and left the Air Force to attend the University of Arizona to pursue experimental research on the colloidal filter.
At Arizona (1989-1998), he was accepted as a Ph.D. candidate at the Optical Sciences Center. In 1994, Paul received an M.S. degree in optical sciences, and after writing his dissertation, "Theory and Fabrication of Colloidal-Crystal Bragg Filters," he obtained a Ph.D. in 1998.
From 1999 to 2008, Paul was employed by the University of Arizona, teaching and performing lab research.
He retired in 2008 and moved back to Windom.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alton Gohman.
Survivors include his mother, Sally Gohman of Windom; brothers, David (Patti) Gohman of Orange City, Iowa; and John (Shannon) Gohman of Inver Grove Heights; a niece and three nephews.

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