NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR & VOCALPOINT! SEATTLE REMEMBERING FRIEND, STEVE PETERSDORF
Board Member, Chaperone, Parent, Patron, Supporter, Friend…
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear friend, Dr. Stephen H. Petersdorf. Steve, as he was known in the Northwest Choirs community, lost his battle with cancer on June 28. Our hearts and prayers are with Steve’s wife Effie, and their three sons, Nick, Andrew and Colin.
Steve began volunteering shortly after Andrew joined the Northwest Boychoir. He did five tours of duty at our annual Summer Camp. Steve employed his fatherly wisdom as a chaperone, as well as his medical expertise – tending to the occasional upset stomach from meals in the dining commons, or the bumps and bruises acquired during our evening games of capture the flag.
Steve was a chaperone for the choir’s 2011 West Coast Tour. Traveling with Steve was an absolute pleasure. He was always upbeat and ready to do whatever was needed to make things go smoothly. His tireless and fun-loving energy made him hugely popular with the boys. Steve was also able to travel with the choir for our 2012 mini-tour to Central Washington. In 2013, when a nasty flu bug hit the Boychoir while touring the southeastern United States, Steve quickly hopped a flight to North Carolina and helped the overwhelmed chaperone crew nurse the boys (and their director) back to health! That week, Steve was decidedly our hero!
In addition to his work with the boys, Steve joined the Northwest Choirs Board of Directors, eventually becoming our Board President in 2012. His wisdom and insight combined with his passion for our mission made us a stronger organization. He was fiercely supportive of our staff, and ever vigilant for the well being of our members. He had a keen understanding of how incredibly hard our kids worked to make their wonderful music. Whether it was a family concert, a Lessons & Carols performance, or a Vocalpoint show – you could count on Steve being there to cheer our groups on!
Steve was one of a kind. He was warm and generous, and had a humble humanity about him that belied his tremendous professional achievements. As you will read below, Dr. Stephen H. Petersdorf was a brilliant and accomplished physician, held in the highest esteem by his colleagues and patients. It would be easy to be daunted by someone of his stature – but Steve would have none of that. He was down-to-earth and totally unassuming. He was as happy to talk about the Mariners as he was speaking of loftier, more intellectual things. He was the kind of man who, at the end of a long event, would stick around to help clean up.
Goodbye Steve. We were honored to count you as our friend, and you will forever live in our hearts.
Joseph Crnko, Music Director
Maria Johnson, Executive Director
Board, Staff, Choristers, Alumni and Parents of the Northwest Boychoir & Vocalpoint! Seattle