1940 - 2015
Dr. Erich Wolfgang Streib, 74, of Cedar Rapids, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital on March 13, 2015.
Dr. Erich Streib was born in Vaihingen-Enz, Germany, on Oct. 2, 1940. He received his medical degree from the University of Tuebingen. During his neurology residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., he met his wife, Sallie, also a neurologist. He then did his fellowship training in neurophysiology and electromyography at the Mayo Clinic. He held academic positions at the University of Kansas, the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Nebraska. He was an active clinical researcher. He was a cherished teacher who earned multiple teaching awards.
In 1987, he moved to Cedar Rapids, where he practiced neurology and later neurorehabilitation. He established and directed the Memory Clinic, educating patients, the community and physicians about dementing diseases, especially Alzheimer’s disease. He was a kind and understanding physician loved by his patients and their families. He was a team worker, much appreciated by colleagues and co-workers.
Outside of medicine he was an active, lifelong learner, with interests in music, languages and the outdoors. He sang in the choir at First Presbyterian Church and took undergraduate Spanish classes. He took annual 10-day hiking and back-packing trips in Germany with his daughter, Julie. Most importantly, he was a loving husband and father, proud of the many accomplishments of his family.
His personality was unique. His generosity and kindness will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Sallie Sun Streib of Cedar Rapids; sisters, Helga Bauer and Brigette Strobel; son, Christopher Streib; and daughter, Julie Streib. He was expecting his first grandson in July.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Linn County Trails Association, Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation or the charity of your choice.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. The family will begin receiving visitors at 5 p.m. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home has been assisting the family with the arrangements.