Dr. Charles F. Sturm

Born: Fri., Jul. 31, 1953
Died: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018


Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Nov. 21, 2018
Location: St. John de la Salle Church


Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sun., Nov. 25, 2018
Location: Carnegie Music Hall Foyer


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The Life of Charles F. Sturm

“If you are reading this, realize that while I fought the good fight, and ran the good race to the finish (2 Timothy 4:7-8), I have succumbed to my metastatic prostate cancer.”

Charles “Charlie” F. Sturm, age 65 of Murrysville, passed on October 17, 2018 leaving behind his loving family and a lifetime of memories. He is survived by his wife Pat, sons AJ (Jodi) and Jim (Derek), and grandchildren Briana, Levi, and Asher. He also leaves his second family, Forbes Family Medicine—a collective group that made his decades of work both a joy and a challenge. Retiring from FFM was perhaps the greatest challenge of all.

Charles F. Sturm, Jr. is the son of the late Charles F. Sturm, Sr. and Elizabeth Dominkowitsch Sturm, and brother to the late Laurene M. Nuzzo, who passed away in July. Charlie graduated high school from Blessed Sacrament in New Rochelle, New York. He attended Iona College, earning his bachelor’s degree in biology, with honors. He then went on to pursue a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he studied the Filamentous Bacteriophages in the laboratory of Stanley J. Opella. Charlie then went on to work at Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center in Bronx, New York, in the laboratory of Dr. Joan I. Casey, conducting research on the immune response of diabetic patients. Charlie continued his studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and received his medical degree in 1984.

Upon graduation, Charlie moved to Monroeville, Pennsylvania to complete his residency at the Forbes Family Practice Residency Program from 1984-1987. It was here that he received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Award. He began his career working with Dr. Eugene Herron in private practice, where he worked from 1987-1990. From 1990-1994, Charlie found himself at HealthAmerica, where he would eventually become the Assistant Center Medical Director. In 1994, Charlie returned to Forbes Family Practice Residency Program at Forbes Hospital—to stay. Here he faithfully served as the Medical Director from the beginning and as a representative to the AMA for sixteen years. Having an interest in geriatric medicine, Charlie also served as medical director of the Golden Living Center—now Monroeville Rehabilitation and Wellness Center—for the past seven years, and became a certified medical director. Upon his retirement in 2018, Charlie had published more than seventy-five articles and abstracts in a variety of medical and shell journals.

Charlie enjoyed many other passions in life. First was the Boy Scouts of America, of which he was a member for more than thirty years. He began as a Cub Scout, and eventually rose to the rank of Life Scout. Along the way, he earned the Ad Altari Dei Award, was a member of the Order of the Arrow, and completed Junior Leadership Training. As an adult, Charlie served as a local Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman, Webelo’s Den Leader, Advancement Chairman, and earned the Wood Badge and Scouter’s Award. Charlie also loved collecting fossils and seashells, and scallops were his particular passion. He became a research associate of Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1992, under the guidance of John Rawlins and then Tim Pearce. In 2011, Charlie served as president of the American Malacological Society, and hosted the annual international meeting in Pittsburgh. As treasurer of that society for the past 5 years, he ably revived the financial records. In 2006, along with Timothy A. Pearce and Angel Valdes, Charlie published his book, The Mollusks: A Guide to Their Study, Collection, and Preservation. One of his proudest moments was describing a new genus and species of fossil scallop, which he named after his beloved wife: Patriciapecten iona.

Charlie was a member of St. John de la Salle Parish in Delmont, Pennsylvania, and he was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, to which he belonged for thirty years.

Charlie not only fought the good fight, he won. His shining example will echo for generations.

A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, November 21at 11 a.m. at St. John de la Salle Parish, 497 Athena Drive, Delmont, PA 15626. A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held on Sunday, November 25, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Details about the celebration can be found at https://www.doc-fossil.com/ Please RSVP to docfossil.rsvp@gmail.com .
Donations may be made to the Carnegie Institute - Mollusk Endowment, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, or The Laurel Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America, Flag Plaza Scout Center, 1275 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or the Prostate Cancer Foundation 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
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   Posted Sat October 20, 2018
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