Donald G. Paulhus Sr.

DONALD G. PAULHUS, Advertising artist and Graphic Designer.

Donald G. Paulhus, 89, of Rumford, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Chloe (Housley) Paulhus. Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1928, a son of the late Hervé Paulhus and Irene (Lariviere) Paulhus.

Don displayed an interest in art at a very young age.  At 15, and a junior at Mount St. Charles Academy, he was employed in a free-lance capacity as the Sports Cartoonist for the Woonsocket Call.

After completing his four year Naval duty, Don enrolled at Parsons School of Design, graduating in 1952, and joined the art department at Esquire Magazine in New York.  Spent three years at Esquire and then moved to Rhode Island.  In R.I., he worked in advertising, first with Horton Noyes advertising then Prutzman Associates, before forming his own art studio in 1962.  Don was commissioned in 1968 to re-design The Brown Alumni Magazine.  In 1969 the magazine was voted the best alumni magazine in America.  Brown won again in 1973.  In 1975, associated with James B. Patrick, his longtime friend who began Foremost publishers, ventured in book publishing.  For the next decade, Paulhus designed coffee table type books.  Through 1980s and 90s, Don designed over 145 books.  In 1972, he was named Rhode Island Art Director of the year.  One of the original founders of the Rhode Island Art Directors Club, Mr. Paulhus served two years as President.  An avid golfer, and a member of Wannamoisett Country Club since 1968, Don served on the Board of Governors in 1984-86.  He was the club’s Archival Chairman for over 20 years.  In 1998, Wannamoisett celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary, and Paulhus, serving on the anniversary committee, designed, researched, wrote and produced it’s 144 page Centennial book.  Mr. Paulhus, a member of the Providence Art Club since 1958, was made an Honorary member in 1998.

Besides his wife, he is survived by five children, Patricia Coroso (John) of West Hartford, Conn., Donald G. Paulhus, Jr., (Christine) of East Providence, Timothy Paulhus (Mary) of Naples, Florida, Joan Berriman (Edward), of Keene, New Hampshire and the late Thomas Paulhus of North Kingstown, R.I. Five step-children, John Housley, Joseph Housley, Melissa McDonald, Suzanne Housley-Noonan and Amy Housley-Poland, all of Rhode Island.  Fifteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:00AM, in St. Margaret Church, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford, Rhode Island. Burial will be private, in Mount St. Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated in Don’s memory to the Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street, Providence, RI 02903


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Arna Zucker from East Greenwich wrote on May 18, 2020 at 4:42 pm
Oh DJP! I will always remember you fondly.