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STEIN-John P. Stein, USC Urologist, 45. Dr. Joh n Peter Stein, an internationally recognized authority on the management of urologic cancers, passed away suddenly April 11, 2008 while attending the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons annual meeting in Florida. He was 45 years old. Stein was a professor of urology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Dr. Stein was a superb surgeon, a gifted clinician scientist, a role model for peers, residents and students," says Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito. "He touched the lives of thousands of patients and saved the lives of many using his extraordinary clinical talents." Stein's work has included research that identified a molecular marker that predicts which bladder cancer patients would likely face remission and which would have relapses. He served on the editorial board of four major urologic journals including Urology and the Journal of Urology. Stein was co-director of the Genitourinary Program at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and was know for his compassion with patients. "Receiving my diagnosis was the hardest moment of my life," says Paul Scott, a former patient of Stein's. "He not only saved my life but gave me full assurance that I would live a long and healthy life. It's now been more than six years."Stein's reputation led to his inclusion in the list of "America's Top Doctors" for every year since 2005. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Young Investigator Award given by the Societ y of Urology Oncology. "Dr. Stein was a brilliant surgeon and dedicated leader in the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center," says cancer center director Peter Jones. "He was one of the most compassionate and skilled physicians I have ever met."Born in San Francisco in 1962, Stein grew up in Walnut Creek, California, and was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his urology residency under the direction of Dr. Donald Skinner at USC and s pent his entire clinical career at the Keck School of Medicine where he rose to the rank of Professor of Urology. "I consider John Stein one of the best surgeons I have ever trained, an extension of my own hands, someone very special, a son and member of my family" says Skinner. Nationally known urologic oncologist, Stein was appointed to committees of the American Urology Association, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network and was Secretary-elect of the American Urologic Association, Western Section. A prom inent researcher, he also received several grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute for his bladder cancer research and contributed more than 150 publications to prominent urologic journals.He was a passionate basketball player and despite working at USC, continued as a Notre Dame fan. But first and foremost in his mind was always his family. "He was our rock, the foundation of our family, our devoted and loyal support for all of our endeavors and our own biggest fan. His presence lifted any situation, from ordinary to extraordinary or from special to extra special," says Randi Stein, his wife of 18 years. "He brought us peace and contentment knowing he was always with us, regardless of where he happened to physically be on any given day. We knew he was always thinking of us first and foremost."A resident of Pasadena, Stein was a dedicated husband and father. He leaves behind his wife Randi Goress Stein, and their four children, John, Joseph, Eleanor and Louisa May. He is s urvived by his parents, Dr. Robert and Helen Mary Stein of Walnut Creek, California, by his two brothers, Rob Stein of London, England, and Tom Stein and family of Riverside, Connecticut as well as many members of the Goress family. A visitation and vigil service for Dr. Stein takes place Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 P.M. at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Pasadena, 2640 E. Orange Grove Blvd. A funeral mass will be held at the same location on Friday, April 18 at 10:00 A.M. The K eck School of Medicine of USC will be holding a memorial service in the near future. Donations can be made to either the "John Stein Children's Trust Fund" c/o UBS Financial Services Inc. - Operations Dept. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, 7th Floor North, Los Angeles, CA 90067, or the "John P. Stein Chair in Urology" c/o USC Department of Urology, 1441 Eastlake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Funeral Home: Cabot and Sons 300 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105. 626-793-7159

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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Apr. 16, 2008.
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April 10, 2019
So hard to believe it has been 11 years since he was taken. I was scanned just last week and I am still NED with full kidney functions thanks to the gifted talent and care of Dr. Stein. I have told the story of meeting him and how he put me at ease despite my RCC diagnosis many times. Just today in fact. He was gifted and he is remembered. Always.
Brendan Bellina
April 11, 2010
Dear Stein Family,
A week doesn’t go by that we don’t think of and thank the Lord for giving us the opportunity - in Nov.1999 – to meet John who, one month later, performed a nerve-sparing Radical Prostatectomy (RP) that not only saved my life but which has given me so many additional years to enjoy with my spouse, Ellen, and family. John was truly “an angel sent by God” to heal others during the short time that he was here on this Earth. In sum, he was “very unique and one of a kind” in that after performing a 4 hour RP on Friday, I never expected him to show up at The Norris – on a Saturday evening- unshaven and wearing a Notre Dame sweatshirt - to see how I was doing ! Whenever we went to The Norris for a follow-up PSA test, never a time went by, that he didn’t give both my wife and I a big hug upon meeting us. We always enjoyed speaking with John because he was so down to earth, so caring, and most of all, a very wonderful individual. Will never forget the time that a very young girl spoke at the “Festival of Life” for Cancer Survivors, and who said : “I want to thank Dr. Stein for saving the life of my Grandfather.” We later met her father who informed us that upon their first meeting with John, he informed the grandfather that he was going to take out his bladder, upon which the grandfather stated:
“like hell, you are ! ”. Standing next to us that day was this young girl’s 85 yr old grandfather – sprite and in the best of health- because John removed his cancerous bladder and gave him a T-pouch. We later asked John, how did you come about to calling it a T-pouch, with John saying : Remember Jim -this is U.S.C. and the T stands for the Trojans” In sum, both Ellen and I will always be very thankful and will always remember the very wonderful individual whom we first met in 1999, and whom we grew to love.

Sincerely,
Jim and Ellen
Dr. & Mrs. James R. La Frieda
October 23, 2009
To John Stein's Family,
My name is Alan Palkowitz. I was a high school friend of John's brother Tom and certainly remember John quite fondly as I do the entire Stein family.

I work in drug discovery research and happened by chance to come across John's name in the scientific literature. It didn't take long to make the connection and learn of his passing. I am deeply sorry and wish to pass on my most sincere condolences to the entire Stein family.

In learning more about John's life through the postings, I realize the great pride you must all share in the tremendous man he became.

Very best wishes
Alan Palkowitz
September 25, 2009
Dear Stein Family,

I fondly remember all those years I have worked with John in the Operating Room. During those long hours in surgery, the most endearing conversations we have are the questions and factoids I would listen and answer to in regards to all his kids' homework. We would discuss everything from the State capitals to the marsupials.

As I stand next to him in surgery, the best instruments I hand him, are instruments he named after his kids. It confused residents and medical students, but John just smiles and tells them that they inspire him to always do his best.

Sincerely,
Riza

I dearly miss you, John. God Bless.
Riza Tiglao
April 12, 2009
Dear Randi and kids,
We fondly remember and pray for our dear friend John and are still devastated by his absence and the extraordinary impact that he had on his patients, colleagues, friends, and most of all, on you Randi and the rest of his wonderful family. We hope that his phenomenal vision and long term strategic plan as our future chairman of the Department of Urology will be implemented and instrumental in its future success. His legacy and inspiration to those who knew him will undoubtedly be an incentive to dedicate themselves to be as tender, strong, true, and committed to the pursuit of excellence as our Domer John.
Lovingly,
Gary, Joanne and family
Gary & Joanne Lieskovsky
October 7, 2008
To the family of Dr. John Stein,

My husband had surgery for bladder cancer in April of 2006. I was by myself in California, as we live in Arizona and I was alone, lonely, and frightened. Dr. Stein was the second surgeon on the team and when he came out to speak with me, he gave my exactly what I needed- which was good news and a great hug.

My Mother was an RN, by brother-in-law a cardiologist and I've had alot of exposure to physicians. I have never, ever known a doctor like Dr. Stein. What an incredible, kind, compassionate doctor and human being.

He was much to young to go and this is a huge loss for humanity. He contributed immensely! He will never be forgotten, as he was one in a million.
Cynthia Gold
September 5, 2008
John

I knew you were special the moment I met you. You had a gift and you were very generous using your gift. You were a role model and a beacon of hope to many....

You touched my life when I needed guidance for my testicular cancer 3 years ago. I was so impressed with you that I recommended you to others that needed help. Standing back I witnessed how you touched everyones life the same positive way.

You made a significant difference, you should be proud.

Thanks for being that beacon of hope for others. Thanks for being such a role model. Thanks for making me a better person just because I met you.

I am not going to be sad, because I know it will be alright. But I can't promise I wont miss you...
John Hammond
July 9, 2008
Simply one of the finest human beings we have had the honor of knowing. We hope that his family is able to take some small solace, knowing how much he was loved and respected by his patients.
Damien and Ramona Durham
May 28, 2008
To

Mrs. Stein and your family: The news about Dr. Stein's passing has left our family completely numb. When my husband was diagnosed with late stage

bladder cancer in New Mexico...we could not believe it. We decided to take

the time to travel the world to get other expert opinions. Our travels brought

us back to the U.S. and USC Norris. One often fantasizes about what a

perfect Doctor might be - but never believed someone larger

than life in the medical profession might really exist. Dr. Stein made his impact
upon us the moment he introduced himself. He walked up to my son and shook his hand, to my daughter and embraced her..then embraced me and asked how I was doing, and comforted me with his words, " everything is going to be just fine". His words rung true to us.
He then went to my husband and put his hand on him while speaking positively to
him.

Dr. Stein and Dr. Skinner saved my husband's life...I could go on for
paragraphs about his eagerly anticipated visits, his amazing kindness and obvious sincere love for other human beings. We thank him so much for giving us our father back. We are grieving his loss and have difficulty adjusting to it when he saved so many yet could not be spared.

Dr Stein will live on in our hearts forever. Not a day passes without thinking about his kind words and amazing gift which he shared so willingly with all those
fortunate enough to have him enter our lives.

Mrs. Stein and your family...you are in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your husband and father with all of us to whom he gave life.

Anita and Paul De Domenico and our children Paul Jr. and Gina.
Anita and Paul De Domenico
May 17, 2008
Dr. Stein saved my life on June 25, 2002. I had been given dismal news and lived in a dark world until the day I met him. He made me see the light, and gave me reassurance that I would see my children grow up, and even live long enough to see my future grandchildren! From darkness to light, from hopelessness to hope. He was an amazing doctor and an amazing man. I used to tell him "We need to clone you." I meant it. He would just smile at those words. He loved to talk about his family. He met my daughter when she was 12 (she is 16 now) and said it would be nice to have his son meet her when he was at a basketball camp in walnut creek. He was always so complimentary and caring. I remember I was embarrassed by my 14 inch long scar that went down my entire stomach, and he made me feel so much better by telling me, "A scar does not make the woman." It really is inner beauty that is the quality of a person, and Dr. Stein had that inner beautiful quality. He always had a hug for me. He was always there for me. He made me feel safe. I hope he has left behind doctors he has mentored and taught to save people's lives, their hopes and their dreams with all the caring and compassion he felt for the people he cared for. I am so blessed to have known him. God bless you, his family.
With love,
Voula Fonville
Voula Fonville
May 10, 2008
John Stein was a superb teacher, so much better than he gave himself credit for. He was nothing less than excellent in the operating room, and his focus and intensity during cases drove the team to efficiency and constant self-improvement. As his resident, I know his passing is as profound a loss to the next generation of surgeons as it is to those with genitourinary cancer. I cherish the honor and privilege of having assisted him in many surgeries and having trained under his leadership. He expected nothing less from his residents than what he himself gave, which was 110%. His legacy was to achieve excellence to better serve others.

His passing is a loss to all of humanity. As my chief resident stated, "you will always be in my heart, in my mind, and in my hands." Thank you John Stein for everything. I truly believe that God has promoted you to grander duties.
Jonathan Yamzon
May 7, 2008
To the family and friends of Dr. John P. Stein:

My wife and I learned today of the passing of this great human being. I am very confident he save my life with a bladder surgery but there was so much more. His bedside manners and positive, can-do attitude have also had a huge impact on my life.

I feel very lucky to have know this great American. He made his patients and co-workers all feel very important and worthy; what a special talent this gifted person shared with all and it is no wonder he is loved by those that knew him.
Thank you John for everything you did for me and my family.
Clark Crawford
May 7, 2008
To the family of Dr. John Stein:

What a wonderful and caring person Dr. Stein was. We met with him for the first time in March of 2002 on our way passing through Los Angeles to Northern California. He preformed surgery on my husband's stage 4 bladder cancer in April of 2002. My Husband had 4 1/2 quality years with me and his two young children because of Dr. Stein,s caring, gentle, loving expertise. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Dr. Stein's family. Such a profound loss.
Barbara Gabel
May 6, 2008
How do I speak of Dr. Stein? He was an angel on earth for my husband, Vance Coleman and myself. He was the only doctor who hugged me with sincerity or hugged me at all. I camped out of my home town at the hospital for a month, he and his staff were never anything but respectful and polite. He saved my husband's life as he looked me in the eyes and said he would. He didn't have to accept us "out of network", with post radiation treatment failure, but did. My husband's urologist, Dr. Spitz said Dr. Stein was the only one who might attempt a very dangerous surgery; I thank god for Dr. Spitz, too. Dr.Stein said he would save my husband--and he did, still now several years in remission. My thoughts and prayers continue with you, Randi, and your children. Your children must never forget what a great man Dr. Stein, their father, was--he holds a great place in heaven and in my heart; you will unite again.
God Bless.
Carole Coleman
May 3, 2008
I am a bladder cancer survivor because of Dr. Stein's expertise at Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Last month, Friday, April 11, at 7am, during my annual check-up, labs and x-rays, a phlebotomist told me of Dr. Stein's death.  I was shaken and wept.  Six years ago, in the pre-op conference with him, he told me that "you have an aggressive cancer and the bladder has got to go, but I will reconstruct a new bladder. You'll be OK." He drew sketches & showed a video on his commputer to assure me. Surgery was scheduled for a week later. Just before surgery and after my prayer with him, he leaned over and said, "Arvel, I will take care of you."

He did take care of me, and cared for many others, but now he is gone. He was a great surgeon, but most of all, a loving, caring man. He was my hero! My life was changed physically and spiritually. I am forever grateful!

May the peace of God that passes all understanding comfort all those who mourn his loss.
Arvel Witte
May 3, 2008
May 3, 2008
I was shocked by an oversea call, from my grandson in L A, about the sudden pass away of Dr. John Stein.
I can hardly believe until I called Renee.
I came to Hong Kong last month after a follow up exam by Dr. Stein. He wished me, on that day, to have a pleasant journey and hugged me with a big smile. It is a painful experience when I found out that the date we met last was a day of part forever.
I had scrotum cancer and Dr. Stein performed the surgery in May 2007.
He was such a good fellow; caring, optimistic and humorous. I feel I was home when I see him in his office. I am an old fellow of 84, and he calls me "young man", it comfort
me. I call him "Boss", a firm expression of trust. What a
harmonious friendship between a doctor and a patient ! I will remember him all my rest life.
Dr. Stein has passed, but his image, his lofty, moral character remains
forever. May God bless his family and his colleagues.
Thomas Chang
May 3, 2008
I was shocked and felt deep sorrow by an oversea call, from my grandson in L A, about the sudden pass away of Dr. John stein. I came to Hong Kong on April 2nd, 08 right after a follow up exam by Dr. Stein.
He wished me to have a pleasant journey, and hugged me with a big smile. It really makes you feel very painful when you find out that this very date unexpectedly became the last date of our relationship. I can hardly believe what my grandson said until I've called Renee.
I had scrotum cancer and Dr. Stein performed the surgery in May, 2007.
It was " a perfect " ! Dr. Stein was such a good fellow, caring, optimistic and humorous. I feel I am home when I see him at his office. All of these made a patient has full of confidence to your doctor. I am a
84 years senior citizen, and he calls
me "Young man ! " every time he sees me; and I call him " Moss !" What a harmonious friendship between a doctor and a patient !
Dr. Stein has passed, but his image, his lofty, moral character remains forever .
Thomas Chang
May 1, 2008
My heart and prayers go out to Mrs. Stein and family.
I was Bryce Lovett's compion and caregiver during his bladder surgery.
As we would go to follow-up exams, Dr, Stein would tell me all the things that had to be done for Bryce, and he would say did you get all that.
This man was so kind, caring, loving all the great words you can find.
We wonder why a great man as Dr. Stein had to be taken away so early. I guess God needs him in Heaven. As Dr. Stein would say "God Bless"
You will be missed.
Emma Tucker (Red Bluff, Ca)
Emma Tucker
April 30, 2008
My deepest condolences for his family, colleaques and patients. I am Urologist in Turkey. I first met with Dr Stein in Turkey who was an invited speaker in Urooncology congress. I asked him to visit LA and work with him as an observing physician for a while. He gave me unique opportunity to observe his work. As a visiting physician I spent 3 month with him. He treated me friendly and make me feel comfortable while asking him questions and trying to see surgical procedure in operating room. During my stay I learnt plenty of surgical points and techniques and also surgical attitude, good behavior and personality of a great surgeon. He was a gifted surgeon and boss and he taught me many key points in detail during his surgery. When I returned back to Turkey I made significant improvements in my profession and carrier. I am grateful for all of them forever.
Guven Aslan
April 30, 2008
To John Stein's Family,
I'm sure you know what an exceptional human being John was, but for us, he made one of the most horrible situations imaginable bearable. When our son Brian was diagnosed terminal metistatic melanoma at age 21, his warmth and compassion through the 7 hour surgery helped us keep our faith. Now 7 years later and cancer free, Brian has maintained his relationship with his beloved Dr. Stein and will miss him terribly.

Rest assured that he lives in our hearts and memory forever. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Dennis Vlasich
April 29, 2008
To John's family:
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. I could not have felt more sadness upon reading the letter about John's untimely passing. I will always remember how big his eyes got and how much bigger his smile was when he spoke about you. I'm quite sure that John was one of the finest human beings I have ever known.

To Renee, Steven, and John's colleagues:
John was forever praising you all. How lucky you all were to have worked along side of such a great person with so much talent. When he talked about you it was so easy to tell how much he cared about you all. He just has to be watching over you still.

To John:
It's taken me too long to say this because I didn't want to say goodbye. You saved my life twice but I'll always remember you for how you did it. You should have rewritten the book on bedside manner. I will never forget the smiles, the hugs, and the "God Bless You"s. Goodbye, my friend, I will greatly miss you.
Doug Tenny
April 29, 2008
In 2005 I consulted with Dr. Stein regarding my recent diagnosis of prostate cancer. During our consultation my wife and I were impressed with his understanding of our anxiety and sought to restore calm to us with the words, "I can cure you" and that is exactly what he did with his incredible surgical skill. I am deeply saddened for his family and for the many others who now will not benefit from his unusual talent.
Bob Peck
April 29, 2008
Deepest sympathies to John's family. I was shocked when I opened the letter which informed me of his passing.

In 2003, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. A dear friend took me to Norris Cancer Center where I first met Dr. Stein. He performed the surgery and gave me a new bladder. When I came to, John leaned over me, gave me a hug and said "We got it all. Here is your life back. I had some help, I asked God to save Bryce."
Dr. John became my friend, I cannot imagine Norris Center without him. I have met his wife Randi and been to his home for dinner. John wanted me to build some rooms onto his house. When I was in his office for a follow up appointment, we drew plans on the examining table paper.
John was so loving and caring and would always tell me "God Bless." I love this man for saving my life and will miss him. John is far and away the most beautiful person I have ever met.
Bryce Lovett
April 28, 2008
To Dr. John Stein's USC/Norris family,

We were shocked and saddened by the news of John's death. He was a wonderful doctor and friend, truly a special man.

After incomplete radiation treatment and other doctors refusing to treat my husband, because he was a "liability" from the radiation, we were devastated and it seemed our options had run out.

With good fortune on our side, we were sent to USC/Norris to consult with Dr. Stein. John with his warm, charming demeanor, sat with us and listened to my husband's medical dilemma, beginning with the diagnosis. After recounting the nightmare my husband experienced, Dr. Stein said,"I can help you". Those 4 words were the greatest gift we have ever received. John saved my husband's life.

We are blessed to have had John as my husband's doctor, he will always be in our hearts.

We've always received compassionate care from the staff at USC/Norris, thank you for your professionalism, kindness and love.

With Deepest Sympathy,
John & Kathy Jason
April 28, 2008
To the family of Dr. John Stein,

We met John in 2000, after my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999. My husband's dire health situation was complicated and John was our last hope. Even though we were anguishing over my husband's health, I was amused by John's Notre Dame tie.

After recounting my husband's ordeal, John said, "I can help you." I can't express how relieved we were, John saved my husband's life.
John always greeted us with, "Hi Guys", a warm smile, a hug and a kiss.

During our appointments, John made us feel special, and when he spoke of you, his family, his expression would change; his eyes would twinkle and he'd smile lovingly.

He has profoundly touched our lives with his gifted abilities as a surgeon, his friendship and compassion.
We are blessed to have known him, we will miss him deeply.

Our hearts and prayers go out to you.
John & Kathy Jason
April 27, 2008
To the family of Doctor John P. Stein,

When we heard of Dr. Stein’s passing, we were so shocked and saddened by the news. It was hard to believe. I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2003 and felt my world had ended. My wife encouraged me to go to the USC Norris Cancer Center. We met with Dr. Stein at USC and he explained the treatment procedure he recommended. He put us at ease with his caring and compassion, and assured me that I would live a long life afterwards. Dr. Stein treated me for my bladder cancer in 2003 and for my follow-up visits every 6 months since then. I still recall one night soon after my surgery when I was in the Norris Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Stein came by to visit me. Just being in Dr. Stein’s presence, and talking with him, made one feel so much better. Before Dr. Stein left my rom, he leaned over the bed, gave me a hug, and said “God Bless you”. He not only treated the body, but the spirit as well. My wife and I loved Dr. Stein and will miss him, and thank God that we had the opportunity to meet and know him.

Sincerely,

Lee & Marilyn Keskey
Lee Keskey
April 26, 2008
Dear Mrs. Stein and Family,

I met Dr. Stein about two years ago when my girlfriend, Theresa Flynn, was looking for a doctor that could revise her kock pouch. At that time, my doctor was Dr. Matthew Dunn. I also have a kock pouch. Terri and I originally met when we had our kock pouches done at the Children's Hospital 23 years ago.

I went with Terri to meet her new doctor, Dr. Stein; he explained to us how the T- pouch would work and how it would be made. Immediately I knew that he could help Terri and how he could change her quality of life. I went on to see Dr. Eila Skinner who eventually revised my kock pouch in November 2006. While I was an inpatient I remember Dr. Stein coming in the room for morning rounds with Dr. Skinner and the other residents. A week after my operation Dr. Stein was the one who told me that if I drank four bottles of water that day; I would be discharged the next day. Honestly, I thought boy he was a bit stern about it; but I know he had me drink the water for my own good.

Each time that I had seen Dr. Stein after that he would always say "hello Olivia, you look good today" and give me a hug. When he operated on Terri in August 2007 I went to see her and Dr. Stein just thought I was such a special friend. Each time thereafter, I would always take the time to say "hello" in the hall way at Norris. The last time I saw him was a couple of months ago. He was walking down the hall to the clinic and I was at blood draw we said "hello" and talked for a while. Even though he was not my actual doctor, he still touched my life in more ways than one. When I heard about his death I was in shock like everybody else. I could not believe it. I immediately called Terri and we both began to cry. I still cannot believe it. How such a young, intelligent, caring, compassionate man/doctor that any one who knew him would be touched by his demeanor and great personality.
Terri and I attended the funeral mass; I really wish we could have met you to tell you personally how Dr. Stein touched our lives.
I am a catholic myself and the mass was one I will never forget. God blessed you and your family with a great husband, father, son, and brother as well as a great friend and doctor to many whose lives he touched. May God bless you and the children and remember; that
Dr. Stein will be greatly missed.

Olivia Ayala
La Puente, CA
Olivia Ayala
April 25, 2008
Dear Mrs. Stein and family,

My deepest condolences for his family, friends, coworkers and patients. Dr. Stein was a very, very special person. As a medical student from Holland, he gave me the great (and in my opinion unique) opportunity to work with him. He was a great boss, who tried to teach you things at every level (even about Beethoven or Bach). It really was an honor to have him as my boss. His work ethic is matched by no-one, his surgical skills were unique, but dr. Stein as a person I think was the best. He would make you feel comfortable, even if he had to be the tough boss.
Despite the short time I knew him, he really taught me a lot which I forever will carry with me.
Max Bruins
April 24, 2008
I want to send my deepest sympathy for your and our loss of a GREAT man. I know he is in a great place and getting the best hug of all! That said, I still miss him and am so greatfull for having the priveledge of meeting him and having him as my doctor. He helped me when nobody else would. I didn't have cancer, but he still took the time to re-construct my bladder (t-pouch). The first time I met him, I cried... he was so caring and actually talked to "me" and really cared. I remember he said "If anyone can fix you, and your NOT broken, I can." My husband and I loved him right away. He had a way of making us all feel special. I'll miss his hugs, kind words and encouragement. Now, everytime I catherize - pee, I think of him... he improved my way of living, and I am forever grateful!

My prayers are with his family, may God bless you.
Teresa Flynn
April 24, 2008
What an inspiration has been lost! Our family is in mourning over this lost treasure. Sympathy from our family to all who were blessed with his presence. God Bless you Dr. Stein, your family, and all the families you touched. Cheers for Dr. Stein, may he rest in peace.
April 24, 2008
To the family of Dr. Stein

We are in Chicago visiting our son and just received word of Dr. Stein's passing. All I can say is "I loved that man." I'd been to several doctors after being diagnosed with bladder cancer and was about to give up the search for a compassionate doctor when I went on line and read about Dr. Stein. When I called USC I couldn't believe I was actually able to get an appointment with him. He was the most compassionate, caring doctor I'd ever met. It was like God knew he was what I needed. Dr. Stein reassured my husband and I that all would be OK and so far so good. I'm still in shock but know that he is being hugged by God as he hugged and made all his patients feel special. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

George and Jacquie Spencer
Canyon Lake, CA
Jacquie Spencer
April 24, 2008
I wanted to extend the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Stein on behalf of my family and me. The news came with great sadness to all of us, and words cannot describe what a profound impact John had on my life.
I had the privilege of meeting John in 1999 after receiving an ominous diagnosis of malignant melanoma during my senior year in college. I was referred to Dr. Stein because of the rare and strange location of my tumor, and it was hard to know what to expect at that time. It was clear within minutes of our first meeting that I was extremely lucky to be under the care of this gifted physician, who took note of the personal aspects of my life with the same meticulous curiosity as with his investigation of my medical case. Dr. Stein had a confidence in his abilities that turned a grim diagnosis into hope for me and my family; he was absolutely essential to my family keeping it together during my treatment.
It has been 8 and a half years since my case, and I am once again perfectly healthy. I wear my scars proudly, telling people what a stud my “doc” was. I regret that his gift can no longer be shared here on earth, but we are all so thankful to have known this incredible person!
Thank you Dr. Stein, God bless you!
Brian Vlasich
April 24, 2008
When I now think back on my first meeting with John Stein, I am reminded of that old negro spiritual that goes, " We didn't know who you was". Perhaps it should be said, " I didn't know", but my urologist in Seattle must have known, because when I told him that I had made an appointment to see Dr. Stein, he not only knew him, but said to me, "If I had your problem, I'd probably go to USC myself."

In the passage of time I came to appreciate how bright his star shown in the medical firmament. I count it a great privilege to have been his patient and benefited from his skill, as did so many others. His care and compassion will not be forgotten.

I am thankful for knowing him and deeply regret his loss. But, what is loss for us is gain for him, as we remember God's promise to His own. Psalm 16:11
Bill McGonagle
April 23, 2008
Although we have only known Dr. Stein for less than a year, Bill and I feel a profound sense of loss in his passing. His compassion and confidence buoyed us in the uncertain seas of a cancer surgery. When he put his hand on Bill's knee, looked him straight in the eye and said " you're gonna get through this", we instinctively knew that he was right and that we were in the best place possible.
Dr. Stein was a blessing to us and a source of strength and skill when we needed it most. We credit him, by God's grace, for saving Bill's life.
We will miss him and are deeply grateful that he was our doctor, surgeon and friend.
Sara McGonagle
April 22, 2008
Dear Mrs. Stein and Family,

May God watch over you and keep you as Dr. Stein did me as a patient.

On our first visit to the USC/Norris Cancer Center to see Dr. John P. Stein I felt a difference when we entered the building. From the Guard at the front desk who asked my name then promptly said “Didn’t they call you, your appointment was cancelled.” then said “I was just pulling your leg.” I guess I was pretty grim at the time and really needed that, it put a smile on my face. All of the staff I came in contact with couldn’t have been more caring. Then I met Dr. John Stein and during our meeting I could see where this compassion that bathed everything was coming from.

John was a very special, talented, and loving person, whose hugs and blessings meant the world to patients like me…………………………….

As DR. Stein would say “GOD BLESS YOU”

All of our prayers are with you.
John Duntley
April 22, 2008
To the family of Dr. Stein:

I remember the day that I called Dr. Stein's office. I was devastated by the news of my father's diagnosis of prostate cancer. At the time he had Kaiser insurance, and they were not going to operate. I knew all of my dad's "numbers" but I did not have any official documentation. It was the holiday season, and Dr. Stein made time to see my dad and immediately took action. That was his way. He fought for his patients and gave them hope! He was such a wonderful physician and such a compassionate man! His passing is our loss and heaven's gain. Your family is in my prayers. God bless all of you!
Monique Howard
April 22, 2008
To John's Family,

On Auguat 28, 2007, John gave me a neo bladder. When someone saves your life they become very special to you. But with John it was more than just his fantastic surgical skills. It was John the man. He was the most energetic, giving, and caring man I have ever met. He made a very difficult situation easy. From observing John, my son, an L. A. City Fire Dept. paramedic learned to treat his patients in a more caring way. His life, while way to brief, was filled with purpose and love. His accomplishments were monumetal and the peace and reassurance he gave to me and many others is immeasurable. I, like so many others, miss him and will always remember him. May God help you get through this very difficult time. God bless you all.
John Rieger
April 21, 2008
GO IRISH!
To Dr. Stein's Family,

Dr. Stein was more than just a boss, he was my mentor, my inspiration but beyond that, he was a wonderful human being who inspired all of us to excel. I continue to miss him, his smile and every morning for a cup of coffee.

My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gus Miranda
April 21, 2008
Please accept our deepest sympathies..and all the famlies...
Roger and Lynn Leonard
April 21, 2008
To Dr. Steins's Family

I was shocked and saddened when I heard of Dr. Stein's passing. He had told me to call him John but I couldn't bring myself to call the man who saved my life and I valued as a true friend by just his first name. Dr. Stein and I shared many things like a love for sports and exercise and more importantly a love for our families and a love for life. I was devastated when I found I had cancer and from the first time I met with Dr. Stein I knew with his support and expertise on my side I could make it. A great Doctor, it goes without saving. An even greater person, that is absolutely so. I'm alive today thanks to his medical expertise. I'm a better person for having had him as a friend. I loved him and will never forget him. I say to you what he said to me many times "God Bless"
Karl and Mary Volland
April 21, 2008
Dr. Stein performed bladder reconstruction surgery on our Mom in February 2007. He was the most wonderful, compassionate, and caring person I have ever met. While Mom was recovering in the hospital I would run into Dr. Stein and he always had a reassuring word about her surgery and a hug for me. I was very sad to hear about his passing. He will be deeply missed. From our family to Dr. Stein's family, please accept our sincere condolences.

The Family of Gloria Oerke
Bob & Barbara Ambos
Bill & Judy Oerke (Aberdeen NC)
Barbara Ambos
April 21, 2008
I saw six doctors in three states who could not help me with my bladder problem. That changed in January, 2006, when I became a patient of Dr. John Stein. Thanks to him, my surgery was a complete success. Dr. Stein solved my problem and changed my life forever. What I did not expect was, in the process, to become friends with the most caring and compassionate person I've ever known. Losing Dr. Stein feels like losing a family member to us. We will miss him deeply and he will remain in our hearts forever. God Bless Dr. Stein and his family.
Ken Joekel
April 20, 2008
Dr. Stein performed bladder reconstruction surgery on my wife just a month ago. I met him twice. Before the surgery and later that day after the surgery. I was so impressed with his reassuring remarks on her recovery. She got to see him each morning for the eight days she spent in the hospital at Norris. We were so saddened to hear of his passing. Mrs Stein and family, please accept our sincere condolences. I say a prayer each day thanking God that Dr. John Stein came into our lives.
Mike & Linda Keeffe
April 19, 2008
To the family of Dr. Stein:

We were fortunate to see Dr. Stein on several visits. I use the word fortunate because it is the truth. It was a privilege to have met such a fine human being, to experience his kindness and compassion, to witness his love of life and his love for medicine. During our visits, he would talk about his family with pure joy.

It is beyond comprehension why this beautiful life was cut short, but he inspired many people. He replaced fear with hope. He calmed the darkness. He saved our lives. We will be forever grateful to this wonderful man. There is no question his daily example will live in the hearts of patients, friends, and most of all his family. Dr. Stein was truly loved and admired by many people. His legacy will continue forward.

Please know our thoughts and prayers extend to you and your entire family. Peace be with you.

Sincerely and with love
Doug and Sharon Storm
Sharon Storm
April 19, 2008
To the family of Dr. Stein:

We were fortunate to see Dr. Stein on several visits. I use the word fortunate because it is the truth. It was a privilege to have met such a fine human being, to experience his kindness and compassion, to witness his love of life and his love for medicine. During our visits, he would talk about his family with pure joy.

It is beyond comprehension why this beautiful life was cut short, but he inspired many people. He replaced fear with hope. He calmed the darkness. He saved our lives. We will be forever to this wonderful man. There is no question his daily example will live in the hearts of patients, friends, and most of all his family. Dr. Stein was truly loved and admired by many people. His legacy will continue forward.

Please know our thoughts and prayers extend to you and your entire family. Peace be with you.

Sincerely and with love
Doug and Sharon Storm
Sharon Storm
April 19, 2008
The last 4 years of my dads life would not have been possible without Dr. Stein. He was etremely talented in what he did. He will be missed deeply.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dr. John P. Stein.
Sarah Gabel
April 19, 2008
I was referred to Dr. Stein in December 2006. At the time I hoped it was a precautionary measure. I remember our first conversation well. He asked me where I went to school and I told him Notre Dame, class of '88. I expected nothing more on the subject, but then he asked me what dorm I lived in. I answered. Then he started asking about people at Notre Dame, and I thought, "Who is this guy?". I had no idea he was a fellow domer, and a conversation about my alma mater was the furthest thing from my mind. I realize now it was preparatory for him telling me what I really didn't want to hear, that I had kidney cancer. He put me at ease, gave me the news, and then leaned forward and said "You're going to be all right. We're going to take care of you." And just like that my fear faded away. He was so confident and so caring. And he noticed any concerns and responded so quickly to them that you couldn't help but believe him. He said he could take care of me, and he did, saving 2/3 of my kidney and my life.

Since then I've followed up with scans, the latest being just last month. And each time he would let me know within hours that I was fine. Now I realize how much I depended on his certainty that I would be fine. And I realize that this is the role he played for all of his patients. More than gifted surgeon, though he was incredibly gifted by all accounts ("I learn something every time I watch him" another surgeon told me), an educator of others, and a healer and caregiver in the truest sense of the words.

I do not know why he has been taken from his family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients. I know his faith was strong and he would say that there is a reason. But it surpasses my understanding. All I can say is that he was truly a great man and a loving man and a healer and a blessing to all who knew him.
Brendan Bellina
April 19, 2008
Dear Mrs. Stein and family,
Hearing of the loss of Dr. Stein caused a great deal of sorrow for our family. The kind and caring way he dealt with us during our very difficult time will never be forgotten. He was more than an exceptionally skilled surgeon. Your husband, and children's father, touched the lives of many people in an extraordinary way. We are convinced that Dr. Stein is in God's memory and will be granted a future resurrection to life in an earthly paradise. (Acts 24:15) We look forward to seeing him again then.
Jim, Pam, and Brandon Thomas
April 19, 2008
We met Dr. Stein in 2001 when I was overwhelmed with my bladder cancer diagnosis. He brought me through a lot as one of his bladder reconstruction patients. He always met me with reassuring statements when I needed them most and he always accompanied those statements with a hug and/or pat on the knee; I knew I was in safe hands. I would send Dr. Stein an e-mail with a question and he would personally answer that day; where did he find the time? Our hearts go out to his family and co-workers.

Thank you Dr. Stein for all you did for me. You will be missed.
Sandra Norwood
April 19, 2008
Everyone’s Life

Written in loving memory for
Dr, John P. Stein
1962-2008

One day a soul rose to Heaven. As it rose the soul shimmered brighter than a star in the evening sky and beams of light shone all around it. For each beam of
light still touched the lives of all those who the soul had encountered, and helped, to heal on its journey upon earth. Just as the soul was about to enter the Gates of Heaven it turned and looked, and saw the many light threads of its life. The threads of light crossed each other and connected one to all, and all to one, and the threads spelled words and the
words said...

All that we have is only today
So let every moment to love be noticed someway
For we are each other, more than we know
Because everyone’s life touches more than their own

For no one can know what tomorrow may bring
But those who extend healing hands makes humanity sing
Yes here upon earth, as a good son and a man,
John,
You were the very extension of heavenly hands...

As a healer, a doctor, a husband, and friend
Sharing moments of love that heal and amend
The lesson you leave us, is to hold precious our time
And to remember,
One man’s existence touches thousands of lives

But I guess up in Heaven they were one angel shy
So G-d reached down from above and pulled you back to
the sky
Now the deeds of your life light the heavens above
Saying,
All Love is healing and all healing is love

But we, here on earth, now one angel shy
Must live in today, through each tear drop of time
But the lessons we cherish, in our lives and home
We know,
Every man’s life touches so much more than his own
Every man’s life touches so much more than his own

Then the soul entered Heaven and the angels wept.

In Lasting Memory,
Eric Sander Kingston & Family
Schayel

This work is inspired by the work and care Dr. Stein did for my mother. Dr. Skinner. Also inspired by talks with Letty
Villaneuva, Stanley Posey, Marjorie Gordon and the article by Elaine Woo
Eric Sander Kingston
April 19, 2008
My father was a patient of Doctor Stein and John performed a bladder removal and reconstruction of a new bladder on my father in 2002. My father loved him and today when he called me on the phone to tell me the news of his passing my father cried and could not speak. We met with John four months ago for a minor procedure and it's so sad that he has passed away. A loving, giving and as far as my father is concerned..a God send to us all.
He will be missed.
God Bless you John.
Rick Mayelian
April 19, 2008
Dr. Stein was a fine man, even though I only knew him for a short period of time, he helped me and my family through a very rough time. The memory of him and his family will forever remain in my prayer.
Damon Calcote
April 19, 2008
The Stein Family:
We must truly say that loosing John Stein was like loosing a loving member of our own family. We were so hurt to hear that such a brilliant man as he was, will no longer be able to help others as he so tirelessly did.
We have never met a doctor like him, he would look you straight in the eye, put his hand on your shoulder and tell you, "everything will be alright", and you could truly rely on that. He was a genuinely caring soul.
Please be comforted by the scripture that is now bringing comfort to us: 'I have hope toward God that there is going to be a resurrection of the righteous'. (Acts 24:15)
George & Pamela Calcote
April 18, 2008
Dear John, I will miss you, but I will never forget your excellent bedside manners. I am a physician too. I don't have cancer, but I have seen you three times for "anxiety". "Doctor, I am afraid" I said the first time. You held my hand in your hands and said "You should be afraid only if you never came in. Now that you are here, you should be fine". I will always remember you as a real person and I promise to teach your excellent bedside manners to the third year medical students who rotate through my office for their family practice clerkship. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Leon N. Partamian, MD
April 18, 2008
Dear Randi & Family-
We didn't know all the amazing ways that John touched so many people's lives. We did know what a remarkable man he was.
I remember sitting and talking with John while we watched Joe and Kyle practice basketball and thinking at the time that this man, who at the time I barely knew, had a way of making you feel as if you were the only person in the world .
I see now that he made everyone feel that way.

I wish we'd had more time to get to know him.

All of our prayers are with you.
Sincerely, from your basketball family in SoCal
Cam, Rebecca & Kyle Caudill
April 18, 2008
Dear Randi and family, I will always keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget the wonderful person John was when we met and had great times together during his school years in chicago. My heart goes out to you and John's family. I wish I could be there with you to celebrate his life and stories of John. He will be missed by so many as he touched so many lives and always made you smile. All my love, Marianne
Marianne Hardine
April 18, 2008
To the Stein families:
I was saddened to read of John's passing in the paper yesterday.

Being an "Sp", I had the pleasure of sitting in front of the "St" boy in most classes, as well as locker neighbors, from grades 7-12. I have fond memories of a genuinely nice guy who always had a smile on his face and a kind word. From the accolades mentioned above, he seems to have grown into quite an impressive man who was much loved, and whose sincerity touched everyone he met.

They say God takes the best for his angels; may his works in heaven be even grander than his works here on earth.

With sympathy,
Anne Spalding
April 18, 2008
To John's wife and immediate family members whom I've never met and to his extended family of patients, co-workers and those whose lives he has touched and influenced, I join you in our great sorrow. I was in Charleston, SC when I learned of his passing and our hosts were somewhat surprised at the impact the news had on me. They had never seen someone shed tears over the loss of a Doctor and had no idea of the scope of his infuence and treatment.

John was unique in the business of relationships and of course, I thought that it was just me. Now, in reading the other messages, I realize that I was not the only one he hugged, not the only one with whom he shared advice ond counsel and not the only one to whom John was a precious resource and really cared about his "patient".

OK, you Notre Dame walk-on for Digger Phelps ( I hope someone is notifying Digger), I'll miss you, but never forget you. Don't know what I'll do yet, but we'll work it out, understanding the the good Lord must have had a big job he needed doin' to call you this early.
Bob Brown
April 17, 2008
I last saw John about a year ago at a basketball game, always warm and ready to hug someone he'd rarely seen since we were in high school 30 years ago. I got a proud smile out of him and a chuckle from his boys when I told them that I had a front row seat for some of their father’s best basketball games. My “front row seat” was on the bench as his rarely used backup and for good reason as he was smart, talented and fiercely competitive. These are traits that seemed to translate well into a life well-served, assisting those who needed him to compete for their own survival. Our thoughts are with the Stein family at this time.
Terry Warford and family
April 17, 2008
Randi and Family,
Words can't begin to express our shock and sadness over your tragic loss. John was our classmate in medical school, and we have many fond memories of him. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Susan and Cory Wilson, Class of 1989
Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine
Susan Wilson
April 17, 2008
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Randy, Chinita and Eli Stalzer
April 17, 2008
To Johns family,

I lost track of John a couple years after high school. One can only hope to have the incredible impact John had on the lives of his family, patients and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as I too mourn your loss.
Northgate Class of 1980
Ron Schmidt
April 17, 2008
Randi and Kids,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the future. We will be praying for you.
Fellow De La Salle family,
Rich and Tracy Feldmann and Ryan Evans
April 17, 2008
Dear Mrs. Stein and Family,

Dr. Stein operated on me in December 2007. He saved my life. I have never been touched by a doctor before and felt like I was being healed at the same time as was the case with Dr. Stein. I was blessed to know him and have him as my doctor.

Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Gene Cobuzzi and Family
Gene Cobuzzi
April 17, 2008
Dr. John Stein (John as he asked me to address him, Saint John as I later nicknamed him) told me in one breath that I had cancer and in the next breath said "Don't worry, I can fix you." His personal confidence gave me the strength to face a terrifying illness. His talent and passion has given me many more years of life. I feel like I've lost a member of my family. My heart goes out to all his family and friends.
Roger Pike
April 17, 2008
Dear Mrs. Stein,
Our hearts go out to you and your family. Please know that John (as he insisted we call him) was precious to us. He was way more than a doctor to us, and blessed us in so many ways. Through his compassion, humanity, sense of humor, and brilliance, he was a treasured friend, as well. We will be eternally grateful for the gifts that God gave him, and that he chose to honor God by becoming such an amazing doctor. We are so thankful to have found him, and that my husband is well today because of him. He absolutely adored you and your children - he was so full of light and love when he talked about you. I'm so sorry that we don't know you personally, but please know that your grief is shared by so many. May that knowledge help lighten the load of your own personal grief, even just a tiny bit. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. And remember, you will all be together again in Heaven.
Kathy and Brad Shannon
Kathy Shannon
April 17, 2008
Dear Randi & family- My prayers and heart are with you. What a blessing people like John are to the world. May you all carry him with you always and take comfort in what he brought to your lives while he was with you. God bless each of you now and forever.
Dot Price (MomsInTouch)
April 17, 2008
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Although I only met Dr. Stein once, I felt as if I knew him through the many stories I have heard from my sister in law. Many people were blessed to have him as their doctor...as well as their friend. May God keep you close during this time.
Beki Gonzalez
April 16, 2008
Randi - you are in my thoughts. John was a wonderful person and friend to all. He will be missed. Please know that many, many people are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Diane Dierna
April 16, 2008
To the entire family of John Stein,
I am very saddened to hear of John's sudden and untimely passing. You as well as John are in my prayers and thoughts. My deepest sympathies to you all.
With very fond and fun memories of John,
Sincerely,
Michael Severino M.D.
Loyola Stritch 1989 Classmate
Geneva, Illinois
Michael Severino
April 16, 2008
Dear Mrs. Stein and Family:

Dr. Stein was a wonderful person and an excellent surgeon. I was honored to work and be part of his practice. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May his memories bring happiness and confort to your life. Sincerely,

Patricia Delgado
USC Urology Department
Patricia Delgado
April 16, 2008
Take comfort in knowing there is one more Angel above us. May you have peace which comes from the memories of the love shared. Know that our loving thoughts and prayers embrace you.
Chris Bridges II & Danita Murphy
April 16, 2008
John Peter Stein, MD
April 16, 2008
John was a wonderful friend. His spirit continues to shine in fond memories. He was a great competitor with tremenous focus. His life continues to inspire.
Ray Horwath
Ray Horwath
April 16, 2008
Randi & Family
I was blessed to work side by side with John. We were put together for a reason. Our God had a plan and what that plan was I still am not sure, but I am truly blessed because of it. Randi and kids thank you for sharing him with me. My prayers are always with you and him. Love Renee

John:

I always told you what a TEAM we were and how grateful I was to be apart of it with you. You were truly my SUPER HERO. When you touch things you made MAGIC.... Thank you for letting me ride with you on your Bright Brilliant STAR that will shine in my heart and soul forever.... With all my love your Assistant Renee
Renee Williams
April 16, 2008
John, I will miss you tremendously, you will always be our office warrior fighting for your patients whom loved you so much. Always in my heart. I will always treasure my friendship with you. You will always be a SUPERSTAR. Thanks for being so down to earth and being so loving, compassionate to everyone just an overall beautiful human being.

Your friend,
Blanca Chico
April 16, 2008
A gifted surgeon, a wonderful man to work for and a great friend. I thank God that I had the pleasure of knowing John Stein. His passing has left a hole in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
Kathy Campanelli
April 16, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Linda Woo
April 16, 2008
We will miss you very much Dr. Stein...Our thoughts & prayers are with. Wishing you comfort and peace.
Maria Suarez & Emma Bugay
April 16, 2008
We are so saddened at Dr. Stein's recent passing. Not one day goes by that we don't thank him for giving Vic several more years after having prostate cancer. Our prayers are with the family and friends.
Marcella and Victor Paluch
April 16, 2008
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Tom and Diane Joyce
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