Gregory J. Gurtner, 36, gastroenterologist

August 15, 2004

Dr. Gregory J. Gurtner, a gastroenterologist and researcher at Washington University who grew up in Baltimore and attended the Gilman School, died Wednesday in St. Louis at the age of 36. The cause was complications of multiple melanoma diagnosed 15 years ago.

Dr. Gurtner was born in Buffalo, N.Y., but spent most of his youth in the Baltimore area, living in Cockeysville and attending Gilman, where he played football and lacrosse. He graduated in 1986.

He received an undergraduate degree in anthropology and music from Vanderbilt University and graduated from medical school at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He went to St. Louis for post-graduate training in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Working with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Gurtner was making fast strides in his research into developing new treatments for intestinal disorders such as colitis and Crohn's disease, said his brother, Geoffrey Gurtner of New York City.

Dr. Gurtner had multiple articles and patents to his name and worked until days before his death, his brother said.

"He was just taking off in his career," Geoffrey Gurtner said. "He was becoming one of the leaders in that area."

Dr. Gurtner also was known for his knowledge of the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams, and for his musical talents on the piano, guitar and ukulele.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 6 Ivy Hill Road, Ridgefield, Conn.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his mother, Nancy Gurtner, of Ridgefield, Conn.

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