Dr. Paul Peter Zanowiak II, born in Lubbock, Texas on December 8, 1946, left this physical world on Saturday, April 13, 2002 in Houston, Texas. He leaves behind his daughter, Kendall Zanowiak of Georgetown University; his mother, Mary Zanowiak of Pearland; two brothers, Dan Zanowiak of Edmond, Oklahoma and Larry Zanowiak of Houston; and many more relatives and friends who will miss him tremendously. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul P. Zanowiak.
The family will be present to receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at the J.B. Earthman-Tanglewood Funeral Directors, 5740 San Felipe at Bering Drive. Funeral Services will be held at
11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in the Chapel of the J.B. Earthman-Tanglewood Funeral Directors. For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Smile Foundation, C/O The Smile Store, 2315 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77098.
Paul received his D.D.S. In 1973 from the University of Texas Dental Branch and his M.P.H. In 1975 from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He joined a group dental practice in 1976 and opened The Smile Store in 1980, emphasizing multi-specialty dental group practice. He worked closely within the community service networks in Houston and in Global Children's Network, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Chamber of Commerce, Houston World Affairs Council, Institute of International Education, Kid Care, Rotary International, Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust, and The Asia Society. His efforts continued with Casa de Amigos Dental Clinic in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to treat Children and adults. Paul helped establish the world's highest dental clinic at 12,000 feet in the Himalayan Mountains at the foot of Mt. Everest. He also founded the United Community Action Northwest (U-CAN), which sponsors numerous local non-profit benefits.
Paul's personal interests were travel, photography and mountain climbing. He was a free-lance photographer for Uniphoto in the United States and Pictor in Europe, and he trekked and photographed the world during his travels to North and South America, Europe, Eastern Asia, Antarctica, New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, and the Amazon River. Paul considered his travels to be a blessing that made his life richer for all the people he met, cultures he touched, and smiles he enjoyed. He learned that smile is a universal symbol; it is recognized all over the world and means the same wherever you go. He felt that all men need to learn to smile to each other, celebrating each other's cultures, and greeting one another with acceptance. He encouraged all to take time to see the sun come up and the sun go down, being conscious of those events as a Shangri La, or heaven on earth, that we can all experience every day. Paul's bequest to all who know him was "To smile every day, to experience life fully, and to love and recognize the God in each other."