William M. Riedesel II, M.D.
Bill passed away peacefully while sleeping on April 25, 2012 after a ten year battle with medullary thyroid cancer.
He was a 1973 graduate of Cornell University Medical College, a diplomate in psychiatry and emeritus member of the clinical faculty of Washington University Medical School. During his career, he held additional qualifications in forensic, geriatric and addiction psychiatry. A modern renaissance man, his interests and hobbies ranged from music, gourmet food, history and art, to working with machine tools and radio equipment and electronics. He was a member of the University City Summer Band, the Florissant Valley Orchestra and the Rat and Mouse Club. An enthusiastic traveler, he set foot on all seven continents, six of them on travels with his wife. Friends of Bill often spoke of his “wit and wisdom” and sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine, his sister Elizabeth Katherine (Riedesel) Vasile and extended family.
In accordance with Bill’s wishes, his body has been given to the Washington University School of Medicine and there will be no formal memorial service.
Donations may be made to the Siteman Cancer Development Office for research regarding the treatment of thyroid cancer, the Sanford Weill Medical College of Cornell University, the Washington University School of Medicine, the Salvation Army, the Medical Missionaries of Mary for medical work in the third world, the Humane Society of Saint Louis or the Saint Louis Symphony.