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Steven G. Economou: 1922 - 2007
Surgeon, writer, doodler

By Trevor Jensen
Tribune staff reporter
Published April 28, 2007

Steven G. Economou was adept with both scalpel and pen, chairing the surgery department at what is now Rush University Medical Center and writing dozens of medical articles and doodling abstract figures that illustrated his self-published books.

Dr. Economou, 84, died Saturday, April 7, at Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie of complications from illnesses including Parkinson's disease, said his wife, Kathryn, who goes by the name "Kitty."

A longtime Wilmette resident, Dr. Economou had suffered from hepatitis C, which he probably contracted in the operating room, and underwent a liver transplant about 12 years ago, said Dr. Alexander Doolas, a friend and colleague.

Dr. Economou started as a surgeon at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in 1956, when Presbyterian and St. Luke's Hospitals merged. It later became Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, and he stayed there for his entire career. From 1983 to 1993, he was chairman of Rush's general surgery department, a spokeswoman said.

Left-handed, he worked methodically but quickly in the operating room, using his own form of non-verbal communication with assistants. He snapped his rubber glove impatiently when he needed an instrument in his hand and squeezed the wrist of a nurse or fellow surgeon if he wanted them to stop what they were doing, Doolas said.

Patients were given his home telephone number, and he took their calls for at least two hours every night.

"Sometimes it was non-stop," his wife said.

While chairman of Rush's general surgery department, Dr. Economou and his team of surgeons produced the Rush University Review of Surgery, which Doolas said is used by surgical residents nationwide. He was active in numerous medical boards and societies.

The trappings of a successful medical career did not interest Dr. Economou. He drove nondescript domestic sedans and dressed well but plainly. He almost always left parties early.

In addition to drawing abstract doodles whenever his hands were free, he painted and wrote a number of books involving puzzles and stories that he gave away as Christmas gifts.

"He was never frivolous," Doolas said. "Everything he did, he manufactured something."

Dr. Economou's parents were Greek immigrants who settled on Chicago's Near West Side, and his father was in the vegetable produce business, his wife said.

He attended the University of Chicago and Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia before completing a surgical residency at Presbyterian Hospital. He retired in 1993.

Fundraising efforts by friends, colleagues and former patients led to the establishment of the Stephen G. Economou chair of surgery at Rush, a position now held by Doolas.

His late brother, Peter, was also a doctor at Rush, and two of his children followed him into medicine.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Economou is survived by a son, Dr. James; two daughters, Dr. Tasia and Elena Saclarides; and 12 grandchildren.

Services have been held.



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