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William Steffee

d. March 31, 2015

William Pierce Steffee was born in 1936 in Oil City, Pennsylvania. He has a B.S. degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, an M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He did his internship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. After six years as a private practitioner in North Muskegon, Michigan, he did fellowships in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and performed research in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism while pursuing a Ph.D. at MIT. While in Boston he held an academic appointment at Boston University School of Medicine for seven years.

In 1981 he became chief of medicine at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He left the practice of medicine in 1991 to become CEO and chairman of AcroMed Corporation, an orthopedic implant company started by his brother, Arthur Steffee M.D., for a period of seven years.

William Steffee also served in a large number of professional organizations, including ASPEN, the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Dialysis Associates of Greater Cleveland, and the Cleveland Nephrology Foundation. He also served on the board of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.

After he retired in 1998 his major interests became gardening, bread baking, wine collecting, genealogy research and publishing the family's Dutch history, fly fishing at the Castalia Trout Club and grandparenting.

He was the beloved husband of Erica Collins Steffee, the dear father of Amy Chaho (Alberto), Laura Kozma (George) and the late Linda Steffee (Peter Yenne) and dear grandfather of Julian Yenne, Michelle Gerycz (Greg), Emily Chaho and Kristen and Matthew Kozma. Dear brother of Dr. Arthur Steffee (Patricia) and Susan Steffee.

The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to Allegheny College, 520 N. Main St., Meadville, PA 16335, The Cleveland Orchestra, c/o Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 or The Castalia Trout Club, PO Box 218 Castalia, OH 44825

Memorial Services will be held in the Auditorium Chapel of Judson Park, (which you can access by the entrance at 1801 Chestnut Hills Drive, Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Saturday, May 16th at 2 PM.

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