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Paul Besser

December 29, 1928 - May 28, 2015

Dr. Paul Norman Besser, DDS, 86, of Hendersonville passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Elizabeth House. Paul was born in Langhorne, PA, the son of the late Norman O. Besser, DDS and Myrtle H. Besser. Paul graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Dentistry in 1952. After graduation, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy before joining his father in his dental practice in Buffalo, NY. He later accepted an offer from the Arabian American Oil Co. in Saudi Arabia as District Dentist, where he remained for ten years. After returning to the United States, he joined a practice in New York City before finally establishing a practice in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he remained until his retirement in 1993. During the late 1940ís big band era, Paul played drums with several local big bands and enjoyed playing in combos for many years thereafter. He enjoyed acting and, during his tenure with ARAMCO, was elected president of the Ras Tanura Players and appeared in a number of stage productions. He also enjoyed photography and making photographs in the style of Ansel Adams.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Christa A. Hemans; and children, Richard P. Besser and Tammy L. Belazis; grandchildren, Elizabeth M. Cabrera and Emily A. Gondar-Besser.

A private service is planned.

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