Etienne "Steve" Lasfargues
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AGE: 97 • Moorestown
After a long rich and colorful life of 97 years, Etienne Lasfargues, known as Steve to many, passed from this life on June 10, 2013. He was a longtime resident of Moorestown and resided at the Evergreens. Etienne was a much loved friend, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be dearly missed by those who shared his life.
Etienne was born in Milhars, Tarn, a small village in the South of France to Emanuel Lasfargues and Rosa Durand. As a Lieutenant in the French Cavalry during WWII, he survived being a POW in a German prison camp. Following the war, he received a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Paris. His passion for science led him into a career of cancer research. He started at the Pasteur Institute in France pioneering tissue culture techniques which earned him an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia. There he met his future wife Jennie DiFine, who also shared his passion for science. His love of the U.S. convinced him to accept a research position as an Associate Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University in New York and become an American citizen. His research group then moved in 1966 to the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, NJ. After a distinguished career during which Dr. Lasfargues published more than 130 scientific articles, he retired to spend more time with his family, traveling and in pursuit of his interest in quantum physics. He also remained an active member of The American Cancer Research Association.
Etienne, the last family member of his generation, is survived by two children, John Lasfargues and Michele DiLeo; daughter-in-law, Lisa (Diffendorfer), son-in-law Richard DiLeo; grand-daughter, Christine (DiLeo) and husband Lawrence Deyo; grand-daughter Maria (DiLeo) and husband Mathew Petruska; grand-daughter Laura DiLeo; grandson, Thomas Lasfargues and four great-grandchildren; Christopher and Nicholas Deyo; and Olivia and Riley Petruska; as well as ten nieces and nephews.
Memorial service to be held at the Evergreens Chapel, 309 Bridgeboro Rd, Moorestown, NJ, at 11:00am June 17, 2013. Visitation will be held immediately before and after service. Burial will be private
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in his name to The Coriell Institute, 403 Haddon Ave Camden, NJ 08103. www.coriell.org.
Published in Courier-Post from June 15 to June 16, 2013