Matthew A. Arquette, M.D., assistant professor of oncology, died suddenly at his home in Valley Park, MO, Thursday, December 5, 2002. He was 41.
Dr. Arquette was a member of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and was known for his rapport with patients. He received Barnes-Jewish Hospital's "caring spirit" award several times.
"He was spectacular with his patients and always available to his colleagues," said Paula Fracasso, Ph.D., M.D., associate professor of medicine and program leader of developmental therapeutics at the Siteman Cancer Center.
Dr. Arquette was also active in the development of new therapies for cancer of the head and neck, lung, esophagus, soft tissue and brain.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Dr. Arquette earned a medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1986. He joined the University faculty in 1992 after completing a residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and infectious disease and hematology/oncology fellowships at the School of Medicine.
Dr. Arquette enjoyed reading Shakespeare with his grandmother and spending time with his niece and nephew. His family and friends say he was also talented at wookworking and crafting stained glass.
Dr. Arquette is survived by his mother, Evelyn Bartlett, and his sister, Kadie Senesi, both of Orlando, FL.
A memorial service was held at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on January 16. Kenneth S. Polonsky, M.D., chairman of the Department of Medicine, John F. DiPersio, M.D., Ph.D., other colleagues, and a patient's spouse spoke at the ceremony.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Matthew Arquette Patient Cancer Fund, in care of Robert Barczewski, Division of Oncology, Campus Box 8056, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Contributions may also be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 4215 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108.
Reprinted from the Washington University Record.