Paul was born in Indianapolis, Ind., but grew up in Princeton, and came to the University from Phillips Academy. He was a member of Dial Lodge.
He enlisted in the Army after graduation and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He entered Stanford Law School after leaving the Army and then built a legal career at Morrison Forester in San Francisco, where he worked for more than 45 years. Having grown up on historic Mercer Street, not far from the site of the Battle of Princeton, Paul enjoyed reading history and visiting historic sites in California, the Old West, and Europe.
At the time of his death, Paul was survived by his wife, Ann (who died April 15, 2021); their two daughters; and four grandchildren.