Morton A. Stenchever, MD

Morton A. Stenchever, MD

Morton A. Stenchever, MD (January 21, 2015)

85 In Memoriam Morton A. Stenchever, MD January 21, 2015 Morton Stenchever was born January 25, 1931 in Patterson, New Jersey and died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep just short of his 84th birthday at his home on January 21, 2015 on Mercer Island, outside of Seattle. At the age of 16, he started at New York University and graduated in 1951. He graduated from the University of Buffalo Medical School in 1956. After residency there, and Air Force service in Montana, Dr. Stenchever joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University until 1970. He then was appointed Chair the University of Utah where he served for 7 years. Dr. Stenchever joined the University of Washington (UW) in 1977 where he was the UW Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 19 years. Over that time, he ably oversaw the introduction of subspecialist into Obstetrics and Gynecology. The UW Department thrived under his leadership. During his career, Dr. Stenchever authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts on a wide variety of subjects. Although one of his primary interests remained genetics, he continued to publish on obstetrics, general gynecology, office gynecology and sexual function topics. He along with his three friends, Drs. Droegemueller, Herbst and Mishell authored 4 editions of Comprehensive Gynecology, a leading text for residents and medical students. Dr. Stenchever was the author of many other text, including Office Gynecology. He took great interest in teaching and he was particularly proud of his teaching abilities. Dr. Stenchever was especially fond of medical student and resident teaching.

His prolific reading, sharp intellect and excellent writing skills took him in many directions and to many positions. He was the ACOG editor of Clinical Update in Women’s Health Care and the ACOG Clinical Reviews. He helped formulate the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery for the ABOG. Even after retiring as Chair, Dr. Stenchever remained active in ACOG, ABOG, AGC and AGOS. In all of these groups, he continued to maintain a large number of life-long friends.

Dr. Stenchever also was rightfully proud of his patient care abilities. His friendly, kind and warm manner was felt by his patients who not only received the benefit of his astute medical care but realized that they were cared for by a great mensch who deeply cared for them as a person. His patients received the full benefit of his warm interest in them while they were receiving superb medical and surgical care.

Many members of all these organizations shared time with Mort and his wife of 40 years, Diane and their interest in animals and travel. Diane tragically died of breast cancer in 1999. He and Diane raised three sons who, in turn gave them 8 grandchildren. Mort provided special attention to every individual in his family. He was particularly fond and proud of each of his grandchildren. Mort then was fortunate to have met Luba and they have been married for the past 13 years in a wonderfully loving relationship. Mort and Luba were involved in his continued medical work, but they also extensively traveled throughout the world over this time. Mort is being missed by all of us.

– Submitted by David Eschenbach, MD

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