Alan Norman Bress, M.D.
January 31, 2021

ALAN NORMAN BRESS, M.D.: Died on January 31, 2021, at the age of 86. He loved and was loved deeply, and will be dearly missed by his wife of 64 years Jane Goldsmith Bress, his children and their spouses Kathy (Jerry Seidler), Rick (Debbie), and Karen (David) Phillips, and his eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren who all loved their “Papa,” as well as the friends and enumerable patients whose lives he touched. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he was a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, Washington & Jefferson College, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He took his residency (and was chief resident) in internal medicine at Montefiore Hospital, and trained in oncology as a Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, before returning to Pittsburgh where he was an early pioneer, teacher, and leader in the practice of oncology for 50-plus years, much of it in partnership with his brother James who survives him. He was known equally for his clinical brilliance and for the humanity—the respect, the candor, the kindness, and the good humor—with which he treated his patients and their families. Despite his monumental professional accomplishments, he counted his children as his greatest accomplishment and his grandchildren and great grandchildren as his greatest joy.  Graveside Services and Interment were held at Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Alan N. Bress Fellowship Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Office of Development, Attn: Brooke Bifulco, P.O Box 27106, New York, NY 10087 ( Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated.


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