Dr. John Steers

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Dr. John Edward Steers, M.D. of Carroll Vista, Taneytown, MD., was born November 20, 1934 in Bethlehem, PA to Mary Mae (Hochella) and Dr. Edward Steers, Sr., died in Hospice care at Dove House in Westminster on March 4, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife Charlotte Dunn Steers. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Hoffman Steers, son, Dr. John Andrew Steers, M.D. and wife Carol of Finksburg, daughter, Susan Steers Ellin and husband Morris of Reisterstown, son, Scott Andrew Steers and wife Amy of Westminster and step-son, Art Hansen Hoffman and wife Stacey of Prince Frederick, MD. Also, brother, Dr. Edward Steers, Jr. and wife Patricia of Berkeley Springs, WV and sister, Mary Beth Phillian and husband Greg of Calabash, NC. and grandchildren, Amanda, Katie, Johnny, Loren, Rachael and Alex and step-grandchildren, David Ellin, Josh Ellin and Ellie Reese Hoffman and 5 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Steers spent his early years in Bethlehem, PA and moved to Baltimore where he graduated from Baltimore City College in1952 as a recipient of the McCormick Unsung Hero Award for football and the Eli Frank Scholarship to Johns Hopkins University. A graduate of Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1956 with honors being named to the All-American NCAA Division III Chemical Engineering Football Team. In 1956 Dr. Steers began his career in chemical engineering for Bethlehem Steel Corporate Headquarters in the Homer Research Laboratory. During this time, he completed basic training in the US Army, at Fort Knox, KY and then assigned to Army Reserves for six years and was honorably discharged in 1961. While with Bethlehem Steel, John began to pursue a medical degree completing pre-med courses at Moravian College, and attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine graduating in 1971. Dr. John E. Steers, M.D. opened Carroll Surgical Associates, Inc. in Westminster, MD where he practiced general surgery for 34 years. Dr. Steers designed and built several of the office buildings to create Washington Heights Medical Center and served as President of the Carroll Hospital medical staff. Dr. Steers was one of the 1st attending doctors to the CHC Hyperbaric Wound Care Clinic. He was the originator of the first emotional support program for breast cancer patients. From 2005 to 2012, he was a volunteer physician for ACCESS CARROLL Health Clinic. In 2007 he received the Dr. Janet Neslen Award for "exemplary efforts to eliminate or reduce health care disparities in Carroll County". Dr. Steers is also a member of the JHU Whiting School of Engineering Wall of Fame and The Hopkins Legacy Society. Throughout his life, Dr. Steers enjoyed giving his time and financial support to many organizations and individuals. When time allowed, he was an active member of the JHU Alumni Association, the Historical Society of Carroll County, The Lehigh Valley Historical Society, past member of Westminster Rotary and Grace Lutheran Church (Westminster) and Royal Oak United Methodist Church. During retirement John and Peggy traveled to England, Wales and Normandy, France. They especially enjoyed a 2nd home on Irish Creek outside St. Michaels, MD. Along with special times with family and friends, John delighted in his long time companionship with his dogs "Doc" and "Daisy". In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Historical Society of Carroll County, The Lehigh Valley Historical Society (Allentown, PA), Dove House or Carroll Community College (Westminster, MD). There are no services. Internment is private. A celebration of life will occur in the Memorial Garden of the Royal Oak Community United Methodist Church at a later date. Arrangements by Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services in Westminster. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.FLETCHERFUNERALHOME.net.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Mar. 7, 2018
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