Thorsten Stephan, MD

May 1, 2021


Dr. Thorsten Stephan

Dr. Thorsten Stephan, 82 years of age and beloved father died peacefully on May 1, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Dr. Stephan was born in Liegnitz,former East Germany on July 30, 1939, his mother, sister, and he escaped to West Germany and settled in Lübeck. The son of Ingeborg (Gottschalk) Stephan and Dietrich Stephan, he lost his father in WWII and was raised by his mother and grandmother. After medical school in Hamburg he married Aziza Rahim and they came to the USA for his internship where he and Aziza had two children, Dietrich Stephan of Pittsburgh, PA and Mariam Stephan of Greensboro, NC. After the death of Aziza in 1976 he became a single father while continuing to work as an Endocrinologist in private practice first back in Bad Sachsa, Germany then back at Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, where he met Lee Saunders and later remarried. He was a dedicated physician who prioritized mind as well as body and took personal interest in the welfare of his patients, many of whom became close friends. His life-long interests in philosophy, religious discourse, and the arts were points of intellectual and emotional fulfillment. Throughout the years he also practiced in Uniontown, Morgantown, and with the Joslin Clinic in Pittsburgh. In addition to his two children and three grandchildren, he is survived by his sister Inken Wedekind in Göttingen, Germany. He was a true gentleman, and will be remembered for his generosity, charm, and humor.   A virtual memorial will be held on Saturday July 3, 2021 at 1PM EST / New York and can be attended by following this link:

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