RIP Jim. Yours sons- brothers-in-learning-teaching will follow your teaching thoughts.
I had the honor of working with Dr. Steichen at St. Vincent's Hosp. from 1975-1993. He was a true joy to work with; has a unique sense of humor and very little patience for error. He will be missed by many and remembered forever as one of the truly greatest surgeons that I have worked with.
Jim Steichen was among my most esteemed medical colleagues. He was the inspiration for me to specialize in hand surgery, a profession that I have loved for 40 years and he has remained my friend throughout those years. He will be missed.
I enjoyed working with and learning from Dr. Steichen at the Indiana Hand Center. I extend my sympathy to the family during this time of loss. Sincerely, Dr. Sharon E. Stoten
I was surprised beyond words to see this announcement. I'll miss Jim's easy smile and the friendship we have had for the many years we shared at the ASSH. Very saddened by his passing.
Chela and Julio Taleisnik
Dr. Steichen repaired my husband's hand after a mowing accident in 1981. Charles regained full use of his hand, which enabled him to continue in his job as a bassoonist for the Indianapolis Symphony and as a teacher of bassoon at both Butler and DePauw universities. We will never forget his help in that frightening time. He came to my rescue in Spain in 1997, when he served as the ISO's tour doctor. His generosity and kindness were a blessing for both of us. Our sincere sympathies to his family.
Dr. Steichen and Dr. Kleinman changed my life at age 15 when they performed a toe to thumb transplant for me in 1984. I am forever thankful for their skill. I am sorry to have not been able to pay my respects at the services in person. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Dr Steichen was an awesome man. I am glad I got to work with him.
I was a patient of Dr. James Strickland and Dr. Steichen back in 1977/78. I was born with Bi-lateral Floating thumbs. They preformed Pollicization surgery on both hands. I have always wanted to meet these two doctors, but had not gotten the chance once I was grown. Prayers for his family!
Dr. Steichen performed both of my carpal tunnel surgeries about 20 years ago. I was scared to death, but he put my mind at ease and spent a lot of time reassuring me. He had the patience of a saint!!
I will never forget him :). Teri Catterson Kraft
As a musician of the ISO, I remember Dr. Steichen's presence on our last tour to Europe. I'm so sorry for the loss to his family and the community.
Dr. Steichen was one of the nicest person I had ever met! He will truly be missed.
I'm so sad to hear of Dr. Steichen's passing. He's one of those people who just did so much, and in a quiet, calm way. He'll be missed very much.
While I had know Jim socially for some time, I really didn't get to know him and Joan until the early nineties. Once there I realized how much I had missed not knowing them well earlier. Jim was blessed with an ability to grab life by the throat and live it to the fullest. He was a consummate story teller who told his stories with a twinkle in his eyes and an impish grin that pulled you in and had you laughing or crying as appropriate like few others could.
A true Renaissance Man, Jim will be missed and always remembered by all who knew him. I count myself lucky to have know him and the world will be somewhat less interesting in his absence.
RIP Jim, you've earned it.