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William Donald Paulussen


William Donald Paulussen, age 89 of Wayne died peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017.

“Don” as he was known to most, was born in Glen Ridge, NJ and lived in Clifton and Nutley before moving to Wayne in 1968.

Don graduated from Nutley High School with the class of 1945 and continued his education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford where he received his Masters of Business Administration, Bachelors of Business, and Associates Degree in Fine Art.

He is a United States Navy Veteran of WWII having served with the hospital corps as a dental technician before being honorably discharged on December 18, 1947 in Charleston, SC. During his service he received the WWII Victory Medal and the United States Marine Corps Marksman Medal.

Working as a pharmaceutical representative, he went to the Passaic General Hospital, Passaic where he met “the most beautiful girl”, Marjorie Drost. His second date with Marjorie was an ice skating excursion to Congers Lake in New York State. Marjorie had no idea how to ice skate and “her ankles were turned sideways” as Don said. He came to the rescue, of course, having to help her up all the time, and as he put it: “I couldn’t take my hands off of her…or she would fall down…strictly in an ice skating capacity!?”

Don and Marjorie were married on June 16, 1956. They raised two loving children; Dr David Paulussen, DMD and his wife Janice of Long Valley, NJ and Mary Beth Haid and her husband Barry of Glenwood, NJ. Don and Marjorie enjoyed over fifty years of what is best characterized as a loving and caring marriage before Marjorie passed in 2015. Marjorie was the love of Don’s life. The blessing of grandchildren came into their lives with Dr. David’s children; Ben and Kimberly, and also Beth’s children; Jennifer and Amy. Don truly enjoyed any time he got to spend with his grandchildren.

Don was a professor at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford campus for twenty five years as an evening faculty member teaching Sales, Sales Management and the management of a sales force; and twenty years as a professor of Business Administration. He was also a professor of sales and public relations for three years at Marymount College, NYC and taught the same subjects for two years at Upsala College, East Orange.

He is a member of the US Navy Institute: Annapolis, MD for over fifty years and also belonged to the US Naval League’s North Jersey Chapter.

Don was a member of the Preakness Reformed Church, Wayne.

He enjoyed travel with his wife Margie, has been to the British Isles fifteen times, Europe eight times, Caracas, Venezuela and many Caribbean Islands His hobby of collecting and making toy soldiers eventually became a business called: “Wagons of Wood and other Miniatures”. With the help of his wife Marjorie and his daughter Mary Beth each miniature toy soldier was meticulously hand painted. He would sell his miniatures at shows held both locally and around the world. He also enjoyed cooking, his pet Beagle “Daisy” and collecting autographs.

Don served as appointed Passaic County Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Jerry Speziale. He has completed a one year course at Passaic County Police & Fire Academy in CERTS (Certified Emergency Response Team Specials).

Don is the loving father of Dr David Paulussen, DMD and his wife Janice of Long Valley, NJ and Mary Beth Haid and her husband Barry of Glenwood, NJ; cherished grandfather of Ben, Kimberly, Jennifer and Amy.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 6-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the funeral home, then to the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Oak Ridge where Don will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Marjorie.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory would be greatly appreciated to the Preakness Reformed Church, 131 Church Lane, Wayne, NJ 07470.

Guest Book


We were very sorry to hear the news of Don's passing. I will always have fond memories of growing up across the street from your family. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

James Barnes (Jr.)


Don gave me my first job in health care marketing and public relations 36 years ago and I have always been grateful. We worked hard at Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark with virtually no resources. I have met but a few people in my life who was as happy as Don. Clearly his family and if I remember correctly, his Scotty dogs and of course his toy soldier hobby were anchors in his joy.

Bill Dauster

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