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After a long and courageous battle with cancer, oriental medicine physician Erik Spro McWilliams, 57, of Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, and Topanga, CA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on January 9, 2016. He was fondly known to his patients as Dr. Erik and ran his practice out of his own healing arts center, Therapeutic Bodywork, in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades, CA. His uncompromising and passionate drive to heal patients through the various modalities of Eastern medicine inspired all who were lucky enough to know him. With a great sense of humor and deep passion for excellence, Erik often used the term "awesome" to express his enthusiasm for life. He will be lovingly remembered as the blond, athletically gifted 6'2" Viking Warrior who lived his life with integrity and honor. Erik was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Sigrid B. McWilliams and the late Gordon B. McWilliams, and had resided in the Santa Monica area for the past 14 years. In 1977, Erik graduated from Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA). In 1981, he received a B.A. in Botany from Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a vital member of both the varsity football and lacrosse teams. He was also a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Erik is survived by his mother, Sigrid B. McWilliams, of Williamstown, MA, his sister Anne Tantalo and her fiancé, John Pritchard, of Williamstown, MA, his sisters Karen McWilliams of Williamstown, MA and Lué McWilliams of New York City, his niece, Sirianna Santacrose, of Williamstown, MA, and many dear cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family is setting up a fund to be used for those who need oriental medical care and cannot afford it. Checks can be made out to Master Hong Center and mailed to: c/o McWilliams, 138 Bulkley Street, Williamstown, MA 01267 For more on Erik's life, please visit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/erik-mcwilliams-obituary?pid=1000000177385384
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20, 2016
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