Rev. Paul Beining was a member of the University of Scranton’s Biology Department from 1949 - 1951 and 1967 - 2004.
Rev. Beining was born on February 2, 1923. He received a bachelor of science in biology from Spring Hill College, joined the Jesuits in 1942 and was ordained in 1955. Rev. Beining received a master's degree and Ph.D. in bacteriology in 1962 from Catholic University and continued his postdoctoral studies at Georgetown University. He also held a bachelor's degree in theology from Woodstock College.
Fr. Beining first joined the University of Scranton faculty in 1949 while serving his regency in the Society of Jesus, leaving in 1951 to undertake his graduate studies at Catholic University. He served as assistant professor biology at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, from 1962 to 1966, and for one year as associate professor of biology and department chair at Wheeling Jesuit University. He returned to Scranton in 1967, rising to the rank of full professor in 1974. He taught Immunology, Microbiology and General Biology.
His main focus of scientific research was microbial immunity, and he did some of the first collegiate research on AIDS. For more than 20 years, he was a guest researcher at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Laboratory of Streptococcal Diseases and Laboratory of Microbial Immunity. He worked to find a vaccine that would fight off HIV without the need of T-helper cells. Much of his seminar and research notes from the late 1980s and early 1990s discuss HIV and AIDS, especially in reference to the study of T-cells.
At the University of Scranton, Rev. Beining was active in many Biology Department initiatives as well as University committees. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Sigma Xi as well as the Health Professions Evaluation Committee. He was on the forefront in educating University of Scranton students about the dangers of HIV and AIDS.
Rev. Beining's professional affiliations included the American Society of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Smithsonian Associates, Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences, and West Virginia Academy of Sciences.
He passed away on March 20, 2004.