Sato, George M.D. beloved pediatrician for generations of St. Louisans, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2013. Born on July 19, 1922 (Carlsbad, CA) and raised in South Pasadena, he was a star track and field athlete, setting high school track records in 1939 that still exist today. He was a sophomore at UCLA when WW II forced him and his family into the internment camp in Gila River, AZ, 1942. Thanks to the generosity of Washington University Medical School (WUMS), George left Gila River to begin his legendary career in pediatrics. Besides helping hundreds of patients daily in his private practice, he was a clinical professor, and in 1982, was awarded the WUMS Alumni Association award for dedicated service. He loved photography, camping, fishing, and most of all gardening. He married his devoted, brilliant wife, Marjorie Soohoo in 1948, and is survived by Marjorie, his brother, William, his 4 children, Steve, Rick (Mary), Nancy (Ken Yasuda), and Randy (Lisa Cornell); his 7 grandchildren, Bryan (Trish), Kim (Elton Dean III), Carolyn, Greg, Misa Yasuda, Sashi Kristin Yasuda, and Rachel; his 4 great grandchildren, Cate, Lily, Payton, and Elton IV; and 11 nieces and nephews. Donations can be made to: Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT), Attn: Tribute Fund for George Sato, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299. Services: A public celebration of his life will occur on June 22, at a dedication ceremony at MOBOT.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2013