Paul Leimkuehler (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1981
Born: August 22, 1918 Cleveland, OH
Died: July 27, 1993 Bay Village, OH
Paul Leimkueler enjoyed an active athletic youth but lost his leg above the knee during World War Two. He became an active leader in the field of prosthetics and orthotics and applied his knowledge to skiing.
He was introduced to amputee skiing in the 1950's and with new enthusiasm developed his own ski supports. In 1960 he imported his first 6 pairs of ski crutches from Europe which was the start to his taking on a central role in promoting adaptive skiing in the United States.