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Steven Simon Rappaport
July 26, 1953 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Dr. Steven S. Rappaport, 70, died January 13, 2024 at his home in Schenectady, New York after battling prostate cancer and complications from COVID.
A native of Binghamton, Steven was the son of the late Murray and Esther (Azersky) Rappaport. An only child, he also thrived in the happy chaos of his family of ten cousins, where he landed smack in the middle.
Steve achieved his dream of becoming a doctor, graduating from The Universidad Del Noreste, Mexico in 1980 and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Services (now Sonoran) in 1983. He was determined to succeed, learning Spanish to complete his studies.
“Doc” was a talented psychiatrist with a steadfast work ethic. He believed in helping as many people as possible, at one time working in seven area institutions despite being the sole psychiatrist for the inpatient substance abuse unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy.
Over the years Steve worked at St. Anne’s and Vanderhyden Institutes, treating children and adolescents. He was a great advocate for their care when the system presented barriers. At Mohawk Opportunities, Steve helped some of the most vulnerable clients and when needed, would testify in court on their behalf. He was passionate about his work.
Steve had a kind heart. He embraced his Judaism with vigor. He cherished his extended family and always made time to attend special events. He loved country music, often traveling to Nashville, where he helped champion the careers of young musicians.
Steve is survived by his Azersky and Sussman cousins: Denise Friedrich, Ralph Azersky, Rhoda Flohr, Mark Azersky, Michael Azersky, Susan Bunten, Scotte McElwain, Rosalyn DuBois, Elizabeth Nassau, Debbie Gallant and their spouses. He also leaves behind dear friends Fran and Ira as well as his close work family: Jodi, Diane, Ron, Bridget, Bianca, Tahsina, Stephanie, Angela and Matt.
Funeral services will be graveside at Temple Israel Riverside Cemetery in Conklin, NY on Tuesday, January 16 at noon.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your charity of choice.