Arlen Coburn Obituary

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Arlen Stephen Coburn

June 28, 1936 - March 19, 2014
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Coburn, A. Stephen (June 28, 1936-March 19, 2014) Surrounded by his loving family, Stephen Coburn died peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 19. Steve, the consummate Bostonian, embraced St. Louis, built deep friendships and made lasting community contributions in his adopted city over the past forty years. The light of Steve's life was his wife of 49 years, Karen Levin Coburn. He will always be remembered as a joyful, loving and selfless father of Andrew and Alison, father-in-law of Ben (Beinfeld) and grandfather "Saba" of Ayanna, Carly, August, Olivia and Eliza. Steve's very dear friends knew him as a...
Coburn, A. Stephen
(June 28, 1936-March 19, 2014)
Surrounded by his loving family, Stephen Coburn died peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 19. Steve, the consummate Bostonian, embraced St. Louis, built deep friendships and made lasting community contributions in his adopted city over the past forty years. The light of Steve's life was his wife of 49 years, Karen Levin Coburn. He will always be remembered as a joyful, loving and selfless father of Andrew and Alison, father-in-law of Ben (Beinfeld) and grandfather "Saba" of Ayanna, Carly, August, Olivia and Eliza. Steve's very dear friends knew him as a focused listener with a captivating smile, wry sense of humor, unassuming manner and keen intellect. He loved children, bluegrass and baroque music, and the outdoors-especially the sea.
As a young professional in Boston Steve was a key member of a start up business in the semiconductor industry before moving to Harvard Medical School, where he played a leadership role in launching the Harvard Community Health Plan. After moving to St. Louis in 1971, Steve committed himself to the organization and delivery of health care while in administrative positions at St. Louis University and Washington University Medical Schools.
Steve served on the boards of numerous schools and health care organizations. He was the first president of Confluence St. Louis, and served in a leadership capacity on the board of Planned Parenthood for eighteen years. Planned Parenthood President and CEO Paula Gianino described Steve as "always engaged, always positively contributing to our work, always asking the hard questions, always prepared, and always being our ambassador in the community."
Steve was a lifelong learner with an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and graduate degrees from Boston University School of Management and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Steve's education continued informally as a voracious reader who took numerous courses at Washington University after his retirement. Steve's curiosity and devotion to learning also flowed through the global travel he shared with Karen, his children and grandchildren, and many friends. Steve loved walking endlessly on beaches and taking long bike trips across Thailand, Italy, England, the Katy Trail and many other beautiful locations far and near. His spirit of adventure, curiosity, devotion to others, and gratitude live on as an inspiration to those fortunate enough to have known him.
Services: A memorial service for Steve will be held at Central Reform Congregation on Sunday, May 11th at 4 PM. Contributions in Steve's honor can be made to Planned Parenthood St. Louis, Central Reform Congregation (CRC) or Forest Park Forever.

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"Dear Karen, So sorry about Steve's death. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Steve was always so sweet and friendly when I saw him, a dear, dear man. I..." Annette Harrison (St Louis, MO)

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