In memory of
Thomas J. Steffe
In memory of
Thomas J. Steffe
Steffe, Thomas J. 3/2/1942 - 2/16/2021 Suttons Bay 78, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 at Munson Medical Center. Tom was born in Mt. Pleasant on March 2, 1942. His parents were John Alden Steffe and Catherine May Steffe, who are deceased. Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara Leona Steffe, whom he married on July 15, 1967 in Glen Ellyn, IL, and a son, Eric John Steffe and his wife Elise, as well as grandsons Jack Lawrence Steffe and Andrew James Steffe of Libertyville, IL. Tom is also survived by a sister, Susan Kay Sylvester of Saginaw, and a nephew, Jason Sylvester, of Dallas, TX. His early years were spent in Mt. Pleasant and Bay City, and Roselle, NJ, where Tom's father was stationed in WWII. In 1954 Tom moved with his family to Ann Arbor. Tom graduated with honors from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 1960, where he was President of the Senior Class, and later graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Professional Studies (Pre-Med) in 1964, where Tom was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. Tom attended the Wayne State University Medical School from 1964 to 1966 in Detroit, and passed the Michigan State Basis Medical Science Boards in 1966 and received a Michigan Certificate in the Basic Medical Sciences. Subsequently, Tom began a long career in pharmaceutical research from 1966 to his retirement in 2003 at various companies. He worked in toxicology, cardiovascular pharmacology and cardiovascular clinical research from 1966 to 1988 at Warner-Lambert/Parke Davis in Ann Arbor; during his time there, he was instrumental in the discovery and development of Pirmenol HCl, an antiarrhythmic agent, in the laboratory and in clinical research. Subsequently, Tom worked in Cardiovascular Clinical Research at DuPont Pharmaceuticals and its successor DuPont Merck from 1988 to 1995 in Wilmington, DE, where he had a role in the clinical development of Ethmozine, an antiarrhythmic drug, approved by the FDA in 1991. From 1995 to 2000, Tom worked at Searle Pharmaceuticals as a clinical research manager, in Skokie, IL, in Cardiovascular Clinical Research involving glycoprotein IIB-IIIA platelet receptor blocking agents and later at Global Medical Marketing involving the arthritis medicine, Celebrex, as Director of Global Operations. Finally, Tom completed his career as Senior Director of Global Clinical Operations at Akros Pharma in Princeton, NJ, a Japanese pharmaceutical company based in Osaka, Japan from 2000 to 2003. Tom retired to Suttons Bay, MI in 2003. Tom was a loving husband and father and committed to his family, including his wife Barbara to whom he was married for over 53 years, and his son Eric, as well as his grandsons Jack and Andrew. Many good years were shared with dogs Heather, Sherlock, Bentley, Winston, and Buckley. Tom had an active interest in long walks with his wife, tennis, extensive travel around the US and abroad, and boating on his boat the Aqua Crystal. He also enjoyed international affairs (where he was a former Board Member of the Traverse City International Affairs Forum), was a member of the Traverse City Economic Club, and loved the musical presentations at Interlochen Arts Academy and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. A celebration of his life with friends and family will be held in Summer 2021. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution might consider the Father Fred Foundation at www.fatherfred.org ; the Traverse Symphony Orchestra at www.traversesymphony.org ; and/or the Interlochen Center for the Arts at www.interlochen.org Please share condolences and memories with Tom's family at www.martinson.info
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In memory of
Thomas J. Steffe
Steffe, Thomas J. 3/2/1942 - 2/16/2021 Suttons Bay 78, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 at Munson Medical Center. Tom was born in Mt. Pleasant on March 2, 1942. His parents were John Alden Steffe and Catherine May Steffe, who are deceased. Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara Leona Steffe, whom he married on July 15, 1967 in Glen Ellyn, IL, and a son, Eric John Steffe and his wife Elise, as well as grandsons Jack Lawrence Steffe and Andrew James Steffe of Libertyville, IL. Tom is also survived by a sister, Susan Kay Sylvester of Saginaw, and a nephew, Jason Sylvester, of Dallas, TX. His early years were spent in Mt. Pleasant and Bay City, and Roselle, NJ, where Tom's father was stationed in WWII. In 1954 Tom moved with his family to Ann Arbor. Tom graduated with honors from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 1960, where he was President of the Senior Class, and later graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Professional Studies (Pre-Med) in 1964, where Tom was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. Tom attended the Wayne State University Medical School from 1964 to 1966 in Detroit, and passed the Michigan State Basis Medical Science Boards in 1966 and received a Michigan Certificate in the Basic Medical Sciences. Subsequently, Tom began a long career in pharmaceutical research from 1966 to his retirement in 2003 at various companies. He worked in toxicology, cardiovascular pharmacology and cardiovascular clinical research from 1966 to 1988 at Warner-Lambert/Parke Davis in Ann Arbor; during his time there, he was instrumental in the discovery and development of Pirmenol HCl, an antiarrhythmic agent, in the laboratory and in clinical research. Subsequently, Tom worked in Cardiovascular Clinical Research at DuPont Pharmaceuticals and its successor DuPont Merck from 1988 to 1995 in Wilmington, DE, where he had a role in the clinical development of Ethmozine, an antiarrhythmic drug, approved by the FDA in 1991. From 1995 to 2000, Tom worked at Searle Pharmaceuticals as a clinical research manager, in Skokie, IL, in Cardiovascular Clinical Research involving glycoprotein IIB-IIIA platelet receptor blocking agents and later at Global Medical Marketing involving the arthritis medicine, Celebrex, as Director of Global Operations. Finally, Tom completed his career as Senior Director of Global Clinical Operations at Akros Pharma in Princeton, NJ, a Japanese pharmaceutical company based in Osaka, Japan from 2000 to 2003. Tom retired to Suttons Bay, MI in 2003. Tom was a loving husband and father and committed to his family, including his wife Barbara to whom he was married for over 53 years, and his son Eric, as well as his grandsons Jack and Andrew. Many good years were shared with dogs Heather, Sherlock, Bentley, Winston, and Buckley. Tom had an active interest in long walks with his wife, tennis, extensive travel around the US and abroad, and boating on his boat the Aqua Crystal. He also enjoyed international affairs (where he was a former Board Member of the Traverse City International Affairs Forum), was a member of the Traverse City Economic Club, and loved the musical presentations at Interlochen Arts Academy and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. A celebration of his life with friends and family will be held in Summer 2021. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution might consider the Father Fred Foundation at www.fatherfred.org ; the Traverse Symphony Orchestra at www.traversesymphony.org ; and/or the Interlochen Center for the Arts at www.interlochen.org Please share condolences and memories with Tom's family at www.martinson.info
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