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Death of Conrad Sheff (LGB '68)

mardi 7 avril 2015   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Eoghan O'Sullivan
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Conrad SheffAs President of the Student Council and editor of the 1968 Yearbook, Conrad Sheff, who died last month, was a well-known figure during his time at Ecolint. He is remembered by classmates as a strong character who contributed strongly to school life. Following a successful career in medicine he died on 8 March 2015.

We learned of Conrad's passing from his former classmate Victor Han (LGB '68) who forwarded the obituary that follows. The photo to the right is taken from the Yearbook that he edited.

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Conrad Daniel Huerte Sheff, M.D., died on March 8, 2015, at the age of 64.  Born in the Philippines December 23, 1950, to the late Louis Sheff and Teresita Huerta Sheff, educated in the Philippines, England and Geneva, Switzerland, he received an International Baccalaureate in History from the Ecole Internationale de Genève, a B.A. in history from Columbia College of Columbia University, and an M.D. from Tufts University.

Dr. Sheff performed general surgery for two years at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and completed a urology residency and endrology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  He served four years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps including two years at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, in its residency program where he was instrumental in revitalizing the program and upgrading its standards despite his junior position and the opposition of senior staff.  These efforts resulted in persecution, but he was acknowledged to have made a positive difference in the training of future urology residents and he left the Army with an honorable discharge.  He thereafter faithfully served his many patients and colleagues as a partner physician at Kaiser, Harbor City, CA., with dedication and integrity.  His academic contributions include co-authorship of papers on kidney stone disease and participation in published meetings on the same subject. 

His life, professionally and personally, was marked by a discriminating and tenacious loyalty, integrity, and a constant willingness to act with total commitment whenever he chose to take a stand.  Dr. Sheff is survived by his brother, Lawrence, and sister, Karen, both of Kona, Hawaii. He will be remembered for his generosity, his goodness, his steady disposition, his intelligence, his capacity for self-sacrifice, and the differences he made in many lives.

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Comments...

Zafar Shaheed says...
Posted jeudi 9 juin 2016
I came onto this site tonight, to listen to a song about Geneva that Jim Frank has offered. Like Conrad, Jim was a boarder. A special breed, the Ecolint boarder. From Jim's song, I decided to browse the site, and lo and behold, find that there is no comment posted under Conrad's passing! Yet I recall vividly how over a year ago, a whole bunch of his friends had a round of emails, that we then shared with his family. The sorts of things said in that exchange are reflected above, but in far more personal and passionate terms. Some of those referred to his heady days at Columbia College, where I enjoyed his fine company. A boon companion indeed, so hospitable, so giving of both material things and his good time and attention. My family happened to be in New York at the time, so he became part of our family too. When they learned of his passing, my siblings remarked how our mother would have missed him. The saving grace that the exchanges brought me closer to his sister Karen.

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