Joseph Myron Stein M.D., F.A.C.P. Dr. Joseph M. Stein, 89, died on July 24, 2013, at Brewster Place, his home. He was born January 27, 1924 at his home in Weehawken, N.J., attended by his father Dr. Jacob M. Stein. His mother was Sadie Haber Stein. He graduated from Weehawken High School in 1941. He commuted from home by Hudson River Ferry to Columbia University while in the World War II Army Specialized Training Program, finishing his premedical degree early, in 1944 (class of 1945). He received his M.D. from New York University in 1947. After a year of internship at Morrisania Hospital in N.Y.C. he completed a three-year residency in neurology at New York's Belleview Hospital. He married Lucy Nichols (Nickie) on September 2, 1950, at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, having met her on Thanksgiving Day 1946, when Nickie's nursing school classmate, Joe's sister Helen, brought her home to Weehawken for dinner. Dr. Stein served as a neurologist in the U.S. Air Force at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois for two years during the Korean Conflict. He came to Topeka in 1953 to the Menninger School of Psychiatry for training completed in 1955. He joined the then Winter General V.A. Hospital staff in neurology until 1957 when he joined the Menninger Neurology-Neurosurgery staff and the faculty of K.U. Medical School. In 1991 he joined the Cotton-O'Neill Clinic. When he retired at age 85 in 2009, he had spent 52 years in neurology and 62 years as a physician. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Neurological Association, the Society of Clinical Neurologists and the Shawnee County Medical Society. Joe is survived by his wife Nickie, his sister Helen Alexander (Robert), his brother-in-law Arthur Nichols (Phyllis), his three children: Janet (Christopher Rauschenberg), Portland, OR, Mark (Jill Kleven), Albuquerque, NM, and Naomi, Topeka, KS; two grandchildren: Joshua (Rebecca) Plymouth, MI, and Brian Gallego, Phoenix, AZ; and two great-grandchildren, Elliott and Ambrose, Plymouth, MI. Joe dearly loved his family and loved serving his patients and their families. His joys were history, literature, learning, all of the arts, travel, mountain-hiking, and humor. Joe was a member of Temple Beth Sholom and had served on its board. Cremation has occurred. There will be a memorial service at a later date to be determined. In place of flowers, please consider contributing to Doorstep or, (through the Washburn University Foundation) the Sunflower Music Festival or the Doctor Joseph and Lucy Nichols Stein Fund for Music Student Travel or Nursing Scholarships. Dr. Joseph M. Stein
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on July 26, 2013