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Stephen H. Petersdorf

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Stephen H. Petersdorf

Stephen H. Petersdorf, MD, 55, passed away peacefully at home on June 28, 2014, after a courageous fight against cancer.

Dr. Petersdorf was born in Baltimore to the late Robert G. Petersdorf, MD and Patricia Q. Petersdorf. He was a 1976 graduate of The Lakeside School, Seattle and earned his bachelor and medical doctorate degrees in 1993 from Brown University. He returned to Seattle to complete his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Hematology-Oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Petersdorf was Associate Professor of Medicine and Endowed Chair in Cancer Care, University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where he excelled in the care of cancer patients for over 35 years. In 2012, Dr. Petersdorf joined Seattle Genetics as Senior Medical Director of Medical Affairs, where he worked towards translating new cancer therapies for patients. Dr. Petersdorf's passion for patient care extended nationally, where he was a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Respected by colleagues and his patients, Dr. Petersdorf was named Seattle Top Docs by Seattle Magazine from 2002 - 2012.

He took his role as husband and father as seriously as he did his professional career. He balanced a two-career marriage with respect, love and humor. A proud baseball-, football- and lacrosse-dad, he was ever-present for his boys both in the classroom and on the sidelines near and far wherever the teams and championships took them. Dr. Petersdorf was a passionate supporter of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle for whom he served as President of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Petersdorf leaves his wife Effie and sons Nick, Andrew and Colin of Seattle, and a brother John of Hillsboro, California.

Dr. Petersdorf requests remembrances be made to The Northwest Choirs at www.nwchoirs.org.

A celebration of Dr. Petersdorf's life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 13, 2014
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