In Memory and Appreciation: Dr. John Satterthwaite

Ann Quinlan-Colwell, PhD, APN

It is with deep sadness that we recognize the life and contributions of  John Satterthwaite, MD who transitioned from this earthly world last month.  John’s perspective on the history and devotion to the mission of SPS were priceless. Many have no doubt that the SPS would not exist today it were not for the careful nurturing and stewardship of John during the last 34 years.  During those years, like the captain of a beloved ship he steered and guided SPS as he served as treasurer and  historian. 

As important as his contribution in those roles, John was so much more to many of us in the SPS.  Through his teaching, mentoring, guidance, and voice of reason, he significantly impacted numerous SPS members in ways that can never be repaid.  Not only was John a man of many talents who contributed greatly to the world of pain management but he had paradoxical qualities as well.  Although he was often a wise sage when on the stage, he was equally comfortable and meaningful being the guide on the side.  He was often a man of few words yet a great storyteller with an amazing sense of humor..

John was an expert physician, teacher, patriarch, sage, guide, shepherd, steward, mentor, storyteller,  navigator, voice of reason, friend, and so much more. You will be greatly missed, our dear friend.