Paul Godley died after a brief illness on March 31, 2019. He was the Rush S. Dickson Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Oncology in the School of Medicine, a professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and senior fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He was a beloved and respected colleague in the oncology community, having made significant contributions as a clinician, researcher, mentor, and administrator.

Paul Alphonso Godley was born on April 20, 1957, in Detroit. His father was a physician and his mother was a nurse.  He attended and graduated from the Friends School in Detroit, college at Yale, and medical school at Harvard.