1936 - 2019
COULIS, Despine Louise M.D. Lowell Pediatrician and Salem High Class of 1954 Valedictorian Despine Coulis, M.D., of St. Louis, MO, passed away at home on Tuesday night, May 28, 2019, surrounded by family, after a brief yet fierce fight against metastatic breast cancer. She was born October 3, 1936, in Salem, MA, to Louis Angelo and Catherine (Coukis) Coulis. She attended Salem High School, graduating in 1954 as Valedictorian of her class. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Smith College, Northampton, MA, in 1958. From an early age, Despine wanted to be a physician. She was one of only eight women in her medical school class at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. After completing her residency in Pediatrics, Despine settled in New Haven, CT, working in public health in order to help children and their families. Dr. Coulis and her family moved to St. Louis, MO, in 1972, where she continued her important work in the public health sector and eventually joined the private practice of St. Johns Pediatrics. In 1984, Dr. Coulis returned to Massachusetts, serving the community at Greater Lowell Pediatrics until 2000. Returning to St. Louis to be with her daughter and grandchildren, she continued working as a medical consultant for the State of Missouri until this past March. Her greatest pleasures were the symphony, the opera and the arts, her extensive world travels - and especially her grandchildren. Despine touched hearts wherever she went, loved by everyone and growing her great wealth of knowledge right up to her death, continually taking college courses. Despine leaves behind her daughter, Catherine (Gary) Bryant, grandchildren Emma, Claire, and Sam Troxell, all of St. Louis, MO, beloved sister, Constance (Steve) Prochniak of Andover, MA, wonderful sister-in-law Karen Coulis of Summit, NJ, and nieces Susan (Ted) Helms of Darien, CT, Darlene (Bob) Bohm of Shelton, CT, Meredith Coulis of New York City, and Monica Coulis of Los Angeles, CA. She also leaves her Aunt Toni, many great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends who will miss her encouragement, wisdom, and frequent packets of newspaper clippings. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Peter Coulis. A Celebration of Despine's zest for Life will take place at a future date. Despine donated her body to St. Louis University Medical School, in keeping with her giving nature and desire to contribute to future generations. Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in Dr. Coulis's memory to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., Attn: Online Services, 123 William St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10038, or online at or to the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Attn: Office of Philanthropy, 718 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63103 or online at

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Published by Boston Globe from Jun. 1 to Jun. 2, 2019.
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Dr. Coulis was a wonderful pediatrician. She was my 4 sons pediatrician for years and we all loved her. She will be greatly missed.

Mr.& Mrs. Ali and
Ahmed, Syed, Sharif & Anwar Ali
November 18, 2019
My heartfelt sympathy to Despine's family. She loved each of you so much. It was an honor to know her and be in her presence. She was generous and kind and I always learned from her. I will miss her beautiful spirit. Corinne
M. Corinne Biehle
June 13, 2019
One of the greatest pediatricians I have ever encountered. Even though I met you later in my young life you still made a huge impact. So sad to hear of your passing may you Rest In Peace.
Rachel Bastien
June 11, 2019
Carolyn Otterson
June 11, 2019
I so enjoyed visiting with her every year as I prepared her taxes.. wonderful lady. Ellen
June 10, 2019
I was sorry to hear about the passing of Despine. She was my son's first pediatrician at greater lowell pediatrics. He's up there in heaven now with my mom and Heaven just got a wonderful beautiful angel.My condolences to the family
Katie Beaulieu
June 10, 2019
I always admired Dr. Coulis, she was quite a character and extremely giving human being. Rest In Peace...
Ann Taylor
June 10, 2019
Dr. Coulis took excellent care of my 3 kids at Greater Lowell Pediatrics. Not only was she an exemplary doctor, but she was a mothers friend... A witty and beautiful soul that I was blessed to have known. May she rest in the everlasting peace she so richly deserves.
My sincere sympathy to her family.

Alice LeBoeuf
June 10, 2019
Sorry for your loss Dr.Coulis was a wonderful Doctor my children had her until she retired from greater Lowell she was missed then and she will be missed now god bless
Jill Pimentel
June 9, 2019
We were so happy to have known Despine. She was a truly good and generous person. We salute her tenacity, her strength, her smarts, and her loving personality. She will be missed.
Liz Winters and Natasha Winters Schalick (and family)
June 5, 2019
She will be missed by all. She was a great coworker and friend. I shall miss our talks about her travels and love of opera. We love you but God loves you best. Prayer for her family.
June 5, 2019
June 5, 2019
She will be truly missed by all who knew her and by all the lives she touched.
Vickie Branson
June 4, 2019
She is an amazing woman. She was a great co worker. Loved that she was always willing to help me and the passion she had for her work. Will miss my conversation with her. So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family during this difficult time. She is missed by all her Jefferson City, MO co workers.
June 4, 2019
Despine was a beloved colleague and friend. She was a wonderful mentor to me when I joined the practice right out of residency. I still reminisce with patients and colleagues about Despine's wonderful personality and endless caring. I cherish every card I received from her with tales of her adventures and words of encouragement to continue caring for the children of Lowell. Rest In Peace Despine Jennifer O'Shea
Jennifer O'Shea
June 4, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss of this extraordinary woman. She was so full of life and added a touch of sophistication and elegance where ever she went. We will pray for your family and hope our Lord will comfort you with his loving arms at this time. God bless you all and our love goes out from our family to yours.
Dianne and Charles Lawson (Karen' Coulis sister)
June 3, 2019
I worked with Dr. Coulis at the State of Missouri. Her knowledge and caring nature made her such an asset to the office as a Medical Consultant. She was such a conscientious advocate for the children that we serve. She will be missed.
Carol Holmes
June 3, 2019
Dr. Coulis and I often discussed her love of Lowell, MA. We talked frequently about the history of New England and she guided me to many wonderful experiences there. She gave me a picture of herself, and Nicki Tsongas, who was also from Lowell.

I miss you, and I look up to you for your "enthusiasm for life." Rest in peace!
Carolyn Otterson
June 3, 2019
I met and talked to Des only a short time.
She had a alot of love for her family.
Comfort to Connie and the family.
Tim and Diane Seman
June 2, 2019
Thank you Dr Coulis for all that you did to help people in need. I worked with her at Missouri Disability and she was always kind and helpful. I appreciated her, her knowledge and her hard work.
John Herberger
June 2, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss.
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Coulis years ago at Greater Lowell Pediatrics. Her kindness and the love she showed for her patients truly always impressed me!
She was a smart, kind and wonderful women!
Rest In Peace.
~Denise Brennan
Denise Brennan
June 2, 2019
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