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DR. WILLIAM K. STERIN (published on April 22, 2006)



DR. WILLIAM K. STERIN William Kenneth Sterin died peacefully on March 30, 2006 at his home in Cleveland, Ohio with his loving family at his side. He was 81 years old and his death came as a result of complications from leukemia. He leaves behind Gloria his beloved wife of 57 years; and his three children, Laurie Butler, Tom and Anne Sterin-Breschi, daughter-in-law Jennifer, and sons-in-law Troy Butler and Paolo Breschi; grandchildren Katelyn, Tivon, Eric, Kiva and Ariella. He also leaves his sister Eleanor and brother-in-law Max Herst, sister-in-law Pauli Guld and many nieces and nephews. William was born in Winnipeg in 1924 and raised in Lestock, SK with his schooling in Winnipeg. After high school he served briefly with the RCAF. After the war William continued with school obtaining a B.Sc. degree from the University of Manitoba. He was subsequently accepted into the School of Medicine from which he graduated in 1955. He then returned to Saskatchewan, serving as a general practitioner to the town of Watson and surrounding area. He returned to Winnipeg to study for his chosen field of Pathology under the late Dr. D. Penner. In 1963, after two years he left to continue his studies in Cleveland, Ohio at Metropolitan Hospital. As a full time pathologist William practiced at St. Luke's Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital and lectured to undergraduates at Case Western Reserve University Medical School. He also served as a volunteer doctor at the Cleveland Free Clinic. Dr. Sterin was a man of many interests and was very knowledgeable in fields beyond medicine. He was a natural teacher who knew his subjects thoroughly. He read widely and was a constant visitor to the Cleveland Art Museum and the Cleveland Symphony. Besides the many volumes of medical texts his personal library included volumes on art, architecture, astronomy, engineering, electricity, physics and many other fields. His knowledge and counsel will be sorely missed.


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