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Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, 1921-2014. Photo: Art Brewer
Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, 1921-2014. Photo: Art Brewer

By Andrea Swayne

A memorial service and paddle out for Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. at the San Clemente Pier, his family has announced.

An early pioneer of surfing  who helped establish Southern California’s great surf spots such as San Onofre and Malibu, he is also credited with bringing surfing to Israel in the ’50s, attempting to spread peace in the Middle East via the sport and providing medical care around the world to the needy.

Paskowitz left a career as a physician to raise nine of his 12 children with his third wife Juliette in a camper, surfing and sharing the sport through surf camps across Southern California.

The life of the Paskowitz clan was immortalized in the 2007 documentary, “Surfwise.”

Paskowitz passed away on Nov. 10. He was 93.

A legacy fund established to help Juliette, at, has so far raised $13,776.

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