Dr. Jorge H. Sturam

Date of Passing:

July 23, 2017

Dr. Jorge Hugo Sturam, a retired pediatric allergist living in Barrington, RI, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2017 at the age of 80. He leaves two daughters, Irina Sturam Shea of Saddle River, NJ and Georgette Ann Sturam (Dorsky) of Princeton, NJ. He also leaves four beloved grandsons: Aidan Luis Shea (age 14), Nicholas Jorge Shea (age 9), Lucas Reese Dorsky (age 10) and Cole Jacob Dorsky (age 6). He also leaves a brother, Luis Alberto Sturam, two nieces and a nephew in his country of origin, Argentina. His mother, Emilia Sturam, predeceased him in 2016 at the age of 102.

Jorge served numerous patients in his 50 year medical career as an allergist. He was double board certified in allergy and pediatrics, had a private practice in Providence, RI on Waterman Street, served as a physician with Rhode Island Hospital and was an adjust professor of medicine at Brown University.

Jorge was an avid pianist, tango dancer, catamaran sailor, world traveler, master gardener and gourmet cook. He read voraciously and was always curious about history, culture, politics and current events. Those who knew him describe his vigor for life, his sharp wit, his integrity and his determination. He enjoyed his grandsons greatly and visited them frequently in New Jersey. He also loved his dear wife, Irene, who predeceased him in May of 2009, and spoke often of her and their beloved, departed mini-dachshund Max. He was also blessed to have a wonderful woman named Nancy Chapman in his life in the years after his wife’s passing who provided incredible joy, companionship, adventure and fun. Nancy remains dear in our hearts as does our mother Irene and Max.

A luncheon celebrating Jorge’s life will be held for family, friends and colleagues on Sunday, August 6 at 36 Chapin Road, Barrington, RI from 12-4 pm. We invite those who wish to honor and celebrate his life to attend this informal gathering.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Jorge’s memory may donate to the RI ASPCA, 186 Amaral Street, East Providence, RI 02915 or to the ALS Association, 2374 Post Road, Suite 103, Warwick, RI, 02886 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. My heartfelt condolences to Irina and Georgette. Jorge was my cousin and I will always remember him with affection and admiration. I just heard about his passing and it was a very painful thing for me. My prayers are with you in such difficult time.

  2. Sad to hear of George passing!
    We were also friends since allergy training at National Jewish
    Hospital. To Georgette, Irina, Nancy (his angel) and the family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    We will miss his calls. He sounded up beat, even a few months ago when he must have known the end was coming.

  3. I just recently learned from a friend in Cordoba, Argentina, (Dr. Dante Sesin) that my very dearest friend, colleague, and classmate, Dr. Jorge Sturam, passed away on July, 23 this year.

    I knew about his sickness and treatment. And he communicated to me not too long ago that he was responding very well. That’s why the news about his passing was such an incredible and devastating surprise for me.

    Jorge, Dr. Sesin, and I were classmates in the Medical School of the University of Cordoba at the end of the 1950’s, and beginning of the 60’s. Jorge and I were also, coincidentally, classmates in the Fellowship for Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology at National Jewish Hospital, in Denver, Colorado, in 1967 through 1969. Jorge, Irene, and my wife Maureen had such good times during those two years, him playing piano and I playing guitar. The memories of those days are still very fresh and present in my mind. I will never forget them.

    Jorge was an avid reader about so many subjects, like science in general, art, music, politics—that made him a very interesting person to be with, beside the fact that he was a very intelligent person with a very good memory. He played piano very well, but sometimes we disagreed about the rhythm of songs. He had the tendency to go a little bit fast, and I would tell him, ” slow down, not so fast,” and we would have a little argument (not serious). He was not the best singer, but he was a very good tango dancer.

    I will miss him!! Without a doubt.

    I would like to express my very sad feelings and heartfelt condolences to his daughters, Irina and Georgette, and his friend Nancy.

    Respectfully:

    Guillermo Juncos. M.D.

    1137 South Concord Rd.

    West Chester, Pa. 19382

    email: gjuncos@gmail.com

  4. Dr Sturam was my Allergist from 1977 until he retired. I always enjoyed our conversations about international travel and was deeply saddened when he retired. Thank you Doctor for everything you did for me and my family.

  5. My wife Mary and I met Dr. Sturam thought the Hobie Fleet too. He was inspirational and kind to us as we had never tried sailing and were checking it out. To learn he was still learning gave us hope that it was not too late for us to try a new adventure in sailing a Hobie Cat. So sad that he left us so soon. Thanks Jorge for the life lesson and sharing your time with us in the sun. Our most sincere sympathy to his family, patients and friends.

  6. We will miss Jorge and feel blessed to have known him. Having him at Hobie sailing events was so much fun. We loved talking with him. Our deepest condolences to Irina and the rest of the family. Fair winds and rest in peace Jorge.

  7. Jorge and Irene we’re wonderful fun people that I feel blessed to have known. Both Sean and I will miss him, putting his Hobie 14 on the beach in Barrington and just chatting about his piano lessons.

  8. My sincere condolences to Dr. Sturam’s family and friends. Dr. Sturam was my allergist for over 20 years and took over my care following the passing of one of his colleagues and mentors, Dr. Stanley Freedman. He was a dedicated physician, and I know that he will be missed.

  9. My sincere condolences to the Sturam family. Dr. Sturam was my allergy doctor from 1972 to 1984. He was an excellent doctor with a great knowledge of his patients. Even though i outgrew my allergy in my late teens, I missed visiting with him as I did weekly for 12 years. The world has truely lost an incredible man.

  10. Our deepest sympathies to Dr Sturam’s family. He was our daughter’s doctor and very instrumental in her success in taming her asthma. He taught us a lot which in turn helped her. Thank you and may you rest in peace.

  11. Dr Sturam was my son’s allergy doctor for many years. He was a wonderful doctor. He was very kind and caring. My prayers are with him and his family.

  12. I can’t tell you how sorry I was to hear of Dr. Sturam’s passing. I was his secretary for 17 years and I enjoyed every day of it. He was a wonderful doctor and a wonderful person. My heart goes out to his beautiful family. I have had some health problems and won’t be able to make the luncheon, but believe that my deepest sympathies are with all of his family and friends.

  13. My deepest condolences to Sturam family for the loss of your beloved father & grandfather, Mr. Jorge Sturam. Having suffered the loss of family and friends, I know firsthand the pain and turmoil of emotions we go through during times like this. Something that brings comfort to my heart is the hope found in the Holy Scriptures in Isaiah 25:8 & 33:24 that says: “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. “And no resident will say I am sick” Yes, these are promises from our Creator that for sure will come true. May the hope of living forever in a Paradise earth where death and sickness will be no more give you the strength that you need during this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy,

  14. So deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Sturams passing. I was about 10 or 11 years old when I first became a patient of his, and continued to be one for many, many years. From the very beginning I was always at ease when I had an appointment. Even though I knew I was going to get a shot. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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