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  Hugh Steele Obituary

Hugh J. Steele, 86, of 2741 N. Salisbury, and formerly of 2730 Henderson Ave., WL, died at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18,1999, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

He was born on Aug. 15, 1913, in Howard, S.D. He also lived in Bryant, Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Deadwood, all in South Dakota; Iowa City, Iowa; and Detroit, Mich. He had lived in West Lafayette since 1953. In 1940, he married Marion A. Norris, a speech therapist, in Omaha, Neb.

He graduated from Sioux Falls High School, received bachelor's degrees from the University of Iowa in 1933 and the University of South Dakota in 1935, and received his medical degree from the University of Chicago (Rush) in 1937. He was an intern and assistant resident at University of Chicago clinics. He was a resident in gastroenterology at Henry Ford Hospital from 1942 to 1946. He practiced in Deadwood, S.D. from 1940 to 1942. He was on staff at Henry Ford Hospital, division of gastroenterology, from 1946 to 1953. He was a gastroenterologist at Arnett Clinic from 1953 to 1983. He was a former medical director at the West Lafayette branch of Plasma Alliance for 13 years.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in West Lafayette. He was a past president of the Lafayette Rotary Club, member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, member of Phi Chi medical fraternity, member of Delta Psi Omega in college, past president of Lafayette Kennel Club, past president of St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Staff and past president of Tippecanoe County Medical Society.

He was a member of county, .state, and national medical associations, the American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for the Study of Liver Disease and Fellow of American College of Physicians. He was a member of the state, national and international societies of internal medicine.

He was the team physician for the West Lafayette High School football team for 23 years. He volunteered as a driver for the American Cancer Society and at the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art.

He attended many national and world Boy Scout Jamborees.

Surviving are two sons, Hugh J. Steele Jr., of Venice, Fla. and Robert N. Steele of Thorntown, and two brothers, C.H. Steele of Great Falls, Mont. and G. H. Steele of Aberdeen, S.D.