Philip P. Steptoe Jr., physician

Saturday, December 4, 2010; 6:49 PM

Philip P. Steptoe Jr., 98, an obstetrician and gynecologist who helped bring thousands of babies into the world, died of complications from dementia Nov. 30 at the Grand Oaks assisted living facility in Washington. He was a Chevy Chase resident.

Dr. Steptoe had a private practice in Washington and for many years was associated with the old Columbia Hospital for Women, where he performed thousands of deliveries.

He was a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and an associate professor at Georgetown University's medical school.

Philip Pendleton Steptoe Jr. was born in Clarksburg, W.Va. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria and then Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He received a medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1938.

After a obstetrics residency at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Steptoe served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.

His wife of 57 years, Irene Hellen "Tommy" Steptoe, died in 2004. Survivors include two children, Mary Lou Steptoe of Chevy Chase and Philip P. Steptoe III of Wilmette, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

- T. Rees Shapiro

© 2010 The Washington Post Company