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Posted on Tue, May 21, 2013 : 11:10 a.m.

Memorial service for University of Michigan doctor Steve Gradwohl will be held Thursday

By Kellie Woodhouse

Update: The memorial program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 23, for Steve Gradwohl, an Ann Arbor doctor who died Saturday in an automobile crash on Interstate 94.


Dr. Steven E. Gradwohl

Courtesy photo

Gradwohl, 51, taught internal medicine at the University of Michigan since 1994 and practiced general internal medicine at the Briarwood Medical Group.

He sat on the executive committee on clinical affairs, a team of top U-M clinicians who advise hospital leadership. He had served as a physician in the U.S. Army.

A memorial in his honor will take place Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Rogel Ballroom on the second floor of the Michigan Union, at 530 S. State St. in Ann Arbor. A service will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a reception following.

Memorial donations, to endow a primary care award and lectureship in Gradwohl's memory, will be accepted at the event.

Friends and family have established a memorial page on Facebook as a place for people to share memories and stories about Gradwohl.

Gradwohl is survived by his wife, Lisa Mann, and their two daughters, Alexandra and Kelsey.

"My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues," U-M Health System CEO Ora Pescovitz wrote in her blog, Medicine that Speaks. "He will be greatly missed and always remembered."

Gradwohl was driving alone Saturday when his vehicle veered across three lanes of traffic on eastbound I-94, landed in a ditch and then slammed into the Zeeb Road bridge abutment.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Julie Halpert

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 7:51 p.m.

Here is some parking information the University of Michigan Department of Police. They said it is permissable after 4:30 to park in the lot on Thompson, 600 Thompson Street, as well as the lot on 512 Thompson and the lot on Madison and Thompson after 4:30. Those are lots W16 and W18 and the Thompson Structure. Parking will be tight, as many are expected, so hopefully this will help!

Kara Gavin

Wed, May 22, 2013 : 12:37 p.m.

An update on the memorial celebration of Dr Gradwohl's life: The program of remarks and music will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. Kara Gavin U-M Health System Public Relations

Kara Gavin

Wed, May 22, 2013 : 1:52 p.m.

For those unable to attend, the event will also be streamed live via this link:


Wed, May 22, 2013 : 2:40 a.m.

Dr. Gradwhohl was my primary doctor. He took care of not just me, but the whole Issa family. He was considered one of the best family doctors we had ever met. No matter what time we contacted him, he always accommodated us. This loss is not just for his family, it is a loss for my family and as well as the whole community in Ann Arbor. My condolences goes out to his family and to whole community. He will be missed by everyone.


Wed, May 22, 2013 : 12:12 a.m.

I am so sorry to hear this news. I met Dr. Gradwohl a few times and had a great deal of respect for him. I always heard that his patients loved him. My condolences to his family. R.I.P.

Kellie Woodhouse

Tue, May 21, 2013 : 8:33 p.m.

Readers you can also donate online to the Steven E. Gradwohl "Art of Primary Care" Award and Lectureship Fund, I am told by UMHS. Here's the link:

bodhisattva aspirant

Tue, May 21, 2013 : 7:55 p.m.

Dr. Gradwohl was my primary and saw me through a lot of complicated medical issues with both excellent judgment and compassion. I just want to add my voice of commendation and my profound sadness at his death. I extend my sympathy to his family.