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Pair - Pare - Pear

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Paul Pair.  Born in Beatrice, Nebraska on March 25, 1898 to William Henry and Mary Dell Pair and died November 23, 2001 at the Beatitudes Campus of Care, Phoenix at the age of 103.  Pauline, his wife of 75 years, predeceased him in 1998. 
Mr. Pair earned a BA degree from McPherson College, McPherson, KS and paid his tuition by raising wheat on 80 acres.    Many years later McPherson conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree.  Paul earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Washington in 1934.  Mr. Pair was the oldest active member of Phi Delta Kappa National Education Fraternity with 73 years of membership.
Paul was well known in national and local education organizations especially in computer education.  In 1957 he founded Business Automation Institute the nations first public data processing and computer training center.  He was president or officer of the Association of Systems Management, Institute for Certification of Computer professionals, and Association of Information Technology Professionals.
Was president of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation in 1985 and later created the Paul Pair Endowed Chair at Glendale Community College to reward outstanding achievement by faculty members.  He also established an annual Innovation of the Year Award for the Maricopa Community College District.
Paul was responsible for the creation of scholarships at McPherson College, Tarelton State University, and Arizona State University.
He was a charter member of two Rotary Clubs in Washington State beginning 1928, a member of Rotary Club of Phoenix, Club #100 for many years, and a Rotarian for 73 years.  Paul received the Data Processing Management Association Distinguished Information Sciences Award and many honors for his contributions to many educational programs.  Education was his mission as summarized by his slogan "if you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
Mr. Pair is remembered fondly as a loving, loyal, and devoted husband and father.  His memory will be with us always.  He is survived by son Reese; his wife Peggy; son-in-law Herb Johnson; 2 grandchildren, Bruce Pair and Patricia Bradley and her husband Kelly and 5 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services Tuesday, December 4, 10am at Beatitudes Campus of Care Life Center, 1610 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021.  Rev. Amie Koriath officiating.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Beatitudes Campus of Care, Age Link Program, 1548 W. Glendale, Phoenix, 85021. 
Appearing in The Arizona Republic on 2 Dec 2001.