Steven Peter Korda
SPRINGFIELD – Steven Peter Korda, M.D. died Monday, February 23, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield.
He was born June 21, 1934, in Budapest, Hungary, to Clara and Leslie Korda. He married Lois Segeer in New Jersey, July 8, 1967. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Elizabeth.
He graduated from Budapest Medical School in 1959. As a medical student during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, he gave medical assistance to wounded Hungarian Freedom Fighters. He later escaped from communist Hungary and came to the United States in 1963. He completed an internship at St. Michael’s Hospital, Newark, N.J., and residency in internal medicine at Middlesex General Hospital, New Brunswick N.J., followed by a pulmonary fellowship with the University of Illinois/V.A. Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Korda joined the Springfield Clinic in 1971 and practiced internal medicine until his retirement at the end of 2002.
He enjoyed travel with his family, the study of history, discussions at the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, and photography. He always relished a funny story.
He was a member and former trustee of First Presbyterian Church as well as a member of the American Thoracic Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, and Sangamon County Medical Society.
He cherished his American citizenship as well as the opportunity to serve others in the practice of medicine, including as a physician volunteer for Health First Free Clinic.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, daughter, Catherine (husband, Andrew Johnson), grandson, Ellis David, and several cousins.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 pm on Thursday, February 26 at Staab Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at First Presbyterian Church, Saturday, February 28, at 10 am with Dr. Clifford Hayes officiating.
Contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Home, St. John’s Adult Day Services or Lincoln Memorial Gardens.