Dr. Stephen Thomas Hufford
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“I just learned of Dr. Hufford's passing. I was one of his patients in the 1990's for general care. I really liked having him as mu doctor. Though I...Read More »
1 of 67 | Posted by: Kati Malabed - Greenbrae, CA

“Two years gone and I often think of him and I always remember him when I enter 3838 California Street. He's one of the reasons I'm still here. Best...Read More »
2 of 67 | Posted by: Leonard Jay - San Francisco, CA

“Please accept our deepest condolences, Gretchen, Justine and Kendall. We think about Steve all of the time, and what wonderful memories he left with...Read More »
3 of 67 | Posted by: Sarah, Roger, Fia Swanson and Lena Zhang - CA

“Thank you Dr. Hufford is my prayer to you. In order to survive the chemo twenty years ago, I would always ask him to tell me a story about his girls...Read More »
4 of 67 | Posted by: Laura Sanders - Milwaukie, OR

“I want to express my sorrow and sincere sympathy to Dr. Hufford's family. I just learned of his death and could not be more saddened. I felt really...Read More »
5 of 67 | Posted by: Donna Fletcher - Patient

“I just returned from the Breast Health Center for my mammogram where I very unexpectedly learned of Dr. Hufford's death. I am totally overwhelmed at...Read More »
6 of 67 | Posted by: Annie Ellicott - San Francisco, CA

What a spectacular couple “I am utterly saddened to the core to hear that Steve, this wonderful, lovely, giving, beautiful man, died so too young. I had the great fortune of...Read More »
7 of 67 | Posted by: Chuck Finkle - New York, NY

“Dr. Hufford treated me for breast cancer and my last appointment with him was in September and I was to see him every 3 months. I called him in...Read More »
8 of 67 | Posted by: Vicki Johnson - San Francisco, CA

“We were very sad fo hear of Dr Hufford's death. I was a patient of Dr. Hufford, and our children, Robert and David, were classmates of his daughter,...Read More »
9 of 67 | Posted by: Stephen Kealhofer and Janet Luck, and David and Robert Kealhofer - CA

“We are so sad to learn of Steve's death at such a young and vibrant age. His photo is exactly as we remember him, always smiling. We have fond...Read More »
10 of 67 | Posted by: Janet and Richard Vassar - CA

“I was greatly saddened to hear that Steve had passed away. We were friends and fellow pre-meds at Stanford, in addition to SAE bros. I have many fond...Read More »
11 of 67 | Posted by: Kiffin Gish - Friend

“Gretchen, Kendall and Justine, Our SAE brother Chris Takimoto just alerted us through our Facebook page to Steve's tragic passing. Steve was the...Read More »
12 of 67 | Posted by: Scott O'Connor - PARADISE VALLEY, AZ

Steve, Chris, and Eddie Thoits' little bro' and dog in the Sierra Nevada mountains, 1979 “We just learned of this great tragedy from your holiday card. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all: Gretchen, Justine, and Kendall. Steve was a...Read More »
13 of 67 | Posted by: Chris Takimoto - Dresher, PA

“I'm truly shaken up. I had absolutely no idea... I knew Dr. Hufford had passed through a gauntlet a few years ago, but I thought everything was in...Read More »
14 of 67 | Posted by: Marvin Norman - San Francisco, CA

“Gretchen, I was shocked and saddened to get your Christmas card and see the notice of Steve's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and...Read More »
15 of 67 | Posted by: celeste ford - Portola Valley, CA

“Such a nice man. He was someone I liked immediately. I saw him only a handful of times throughout my chemotherapy, but I found him immensely...Read More »
16 of 67 | Posted by: Cynthia Wilsey - CA - a patient

“I have had the all too short pleasure of getting to know Stephen "the hematology guy" as introduced himself. He set himself apart form many other...Read More »
17 of 67 | Posted by: Carole T - patient

“I was so saddened to hear of Dr. Hufford's untimely death. Dr Hufford treated my mom, myself as well as my husband and sons. As is evident in the...Read More »
18 of 67 | Posted by: Barbara Patch - CA - Patient

“Steve and I have just recently moved from San Francisco back to our home in Canada. We were so saddened to learn in Dr. Knopft's letter of Dr....Read More »
19 of 67 | Posted by: Steve and Margaret Lyman - CA

“I just received the notice from your office partner. I am saddened by your passing and your family will be in my thoughts. Your empathy and bedside...Read More »
20 of 67 | Posted by: Rob Ullman

“My brother was always active and searching for the next adventure or challenge. He had the most passion for life on anyone i have ever known. Our...Read More »
21 of 67 | Posted by: gary hufford - Chatsworth, CA

“Steve was a great dude and a great doctor. It was a pleasure working with him. ”
22 of 67 | Posted by: jordan shlain - colleague

“Dr. Hufford - I'm saddened by your passing but hope you are enjoying heaven - truly you deserve to be there in peace as you were the most wonderful...Read More »
23 of 67 | Posted by: Jani Friedman - San Francisco, CA

“Dr. Hufford's death was a great loss to me. He was a wonderful, caring doctor for me for over fifteen years. Each visit he would say "see you next...Read More »
24 of 67 | Posted by: Inez Ertasi - San Francisco, CA

“Reading the many tributes answered one question I had: Dr. Hufford was as personal and personable with other patients as he was with me. Each visit...Read More »
25 of 67 | Posted by: Serena - San Francisco, CA

“We are so sad to hear of the sudden passing of Steve and our thoughts and prayers go out to Gretchen, Justine and Kendall. Our daughter, Lauren, was...Read More »
26 of 67 | Posted by: The Bajorinas Family - Louisville, KY

“I use to live across the street from Stephen when he lived in Reseda. I haven't seem him in many many years. My prayers and thoughts are with...Read More »
27 of 67 | Posted by: kym (pelamati) parker - CA

“I only got to meet with Dr. Hufford twice. The first time was when I had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the second a year later following my...Read More »
28 of 67 | Posted by: Debi Durst - San Francisco, CA

“I'm deeply saddened and shocked by the passing of Dr Hufford. Dr Hufford became my doctor about 2 years ago for follow-up breast cancer care with...Read More »
29 of 67 | Posted by: Kathleen Coffino - San Francisco

“My wife and I both became patients of Dr. Hufford in the past two years. He became a great source of strength and encouragement to us both....Read More »
30 of 67 | Posted by: Keith - San Francisco, CA

“When Dr. Hufford was treating me for Lymphoma 3 years ago, I said to him after 6 rounds of chemotherapy, "That was not as bad as I thought it would...Read More »
31 of 67 | Posted by: James Bohannon - San Francisco, CA

“My wife and I were deeply saddened to hear the news about Dr. Hufford. I am able to write this memory because 10 years ago he put my gastric cancer...Read More »
32 of 67 | Posted by: John Perkins - San Rafael, CA

“How sad to learn that a sincerely caring young doctor has passed. I saw him two months ago for a follow-up exam to the breast cancer he successfully...Read More »
33 of 67 | Posted by: Sally Osaki - San Francisco, CA

“I am deeply saddened by this news. I now live in Brisbane, Australia and have just celebrated 20 years from my first breast cancer for which Dr....Read More »
34 of 67 | Posted by: Nina Blackwell - San Francisco, CA

“I just read about Dr. Hufford this morning and was surprised and immediately sad for his family. He treated me for breast cancer 10 years ago, and...Read More »
35 of 67 | Posted by: Marie - Sa Francisco, CA

“Dr. Hufford was our primary care physician. We were SHOCKED to hear of his death. We never dealt with anything catastrophic with him but he always...Read More »
36 of 67 | Posted by: leslie and mac mcquown - CA

“Dr. Hufford saved my life 11 years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. He was a rare compassionate human being and his passing...Read More »
37 of 67 | Posted by: Doris - San Francisco, CA

“Our heart goes out to the family. Dr. Hufford was a wonderful doctor and an incredible man. We are blessed to have had him in our life. ”
38 of 67 | Posted by: Hilary Dito - San Francisco, CA

“early in 2009 my biopsy confirmed liver cancer.seeking an appointment with an oncologist , none were available for at least 6 weeks.i was dying. a...Read More »
39 of 67 | Posted by: roger - sanfrancisco, CA

“I was very sad to hear about Dr.Hufford. He has been working with my dad who was diagnosed with terminal cancer almost four years ago. Dr. Hufford...Read More »
40 of 67 | Posted by: Jasmine - San Francisco

“Dr. Hufford saved my life. Not only as my Oncologist and later as my Primary Care Doctor. Dr. Hufford tried so much to save my husband Billy O'Brien...Read More »
41 of 67 | Posted by: Sandra O'Brien - CA - Patient

“Steve was one of my first mentors. I arrived at CPMC in 1996 to start my residency in internal medicine. My first rotation was on the hematology...Read More »
42 of 67 | Posted by: Jill Einstein, MD - Belvedere, CA

“I had the pleasure of being a colleague, a fellow oncologist, and I hope a friend of Steve Hufford. He was a fine physician, dedicated and kind to...Read More »
43 of 67 | Posted by: Alan B Newman - San Francisco,, CA

“I was so sorry to hear about Dr. Hufford. I have been a patient of his since Dr. Wallerstein retired many years ago. When I moved to Sacramento 3 1...Read More »
44 of 67 | Posted by: Verna DeMartis Castro - CA

“When a cancerous tumor was detected in 2009 my GP gave me two names. One at UCSF and Dr. Hufford. I called UC first. They wouldn't make an...Read More »
45 of 67 | Posted by: Susan Hershey

“My heart aches for your family. I was a patient of Dr. Hufford a few years back. He was a great doctor and a lovely man. I know he will be missed...Read More »
46 of 67 | Posted by: Lisa Grotts - San Francisco, CA

“I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Hufford's passing. He was my dad's doctor through 2 bouts of Leukemia. Dr. Hufford supported my dad with kindness,...Read More »
47 of 67 | Posted by: Sue Kamins - Pleasanton, CA

“My husband and I were very saddened to hear of Dr. Hufford's death.He was was oncologist through two episodes with breast cancer.He was most caring...Read More »
48 of 67 | Posted by: jacalyn morri - san francisco, CA

“Profound sadness and loss. Stephen Hufford was not only a great doctor but a great human being, one who was able to understand, respect and allow his...Read More »
49 of 67 | Posted by: Susan Kern - San Francisco, CA

“We are both so saddened by this terrible news. Ron just today had a checkup with Dr. Hufford and learned of his death this morning (11/29). He was...Read More »
50 of 67 | Posted by: Darlene and Ron Nelson - CA

“Steve was a very kind neighbor who always took a moment to chat when we crossed paths. I often saw Gretchen and Steve at events and they always...Read More »
51 of 67 | Posted by: Susan Campbell - San Francisco, CA

“I was saddened to see that Steven Hufford had died at so young an age. He was the oncologist for my late wife, Sara Linnie Slocum. We liked him, and...Read More »
52 of 67 | Posted by: David Brownell - San Francisco, CA

“Dr. Hufford was truly a great doctor and person. I really appreciate how he always took the time to explain things to me. He always showed a great...Read More »
53 of 67 | Posted by: Amber La - San Francisco, CA

“Dr. Hufford was a gift to us. He was strong when we will weak and may us believe in miracles. Our world is smaller without him and we will never...Read More »
54 of 67 | Posted by: Peter and Sandra Glading - CA

“I'm saddened to learn of Dr. Hufford's passing. He will be missed, greatly. I really liked him, as a doctor and a man. ”
55 of 67 | Posted by: Andrew Philips - San Francisco, CA

“I've been a patient of Dr. Hufford's since moving to the Bay Area in 1996. Of all the physicians I have had in my adult life, he was the wisest and...Read More »
56 of 67 | Posted by: John Heimann - Belmont, CA

“To the family and the office staff of Dr. Hufford, I am sending our deepest sympathies from our family. My husband and I were two of Dr. Hufford's...Read More »
57 of 67 | Posted by: Dolores Caruthers - Novato, CA

“I too, am deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Hufford's death today. I reconnected with him after 8 or so years, and was so happy to have him lead my...Read More »
58 of 67 | Posted by: Robin McKee - Mill Valley, CA

“I have just received a letter informing me of my dear, dear doctor's untimely death. He has taken care of me for almost 25 years as my primary care...Read More »
59 of 67 | Posted by: Andrea Olivieri - San Francisco, CA

“I'm so sad. I just learned that the warmest, kindest, most compassionate doctor, the one who took the best care of me, has passed away. Dr. Hufford...Read More »
60 of 67 | Posted by: Mary Maddux - Tiburon, CA

“Dr. Hufford was my primary care doctor for 5 years, and I am going to miss him dearly. He had a wonderful bedside manner. We'd laugh and joke over...Read More »
61 of 67 | Posted by: Jill Rizzo - San Francisco, CA

“Dr Hufford was a wonderful primary doctor to my mom, Rose Martinez. He was very kind and supportive. He was a doctor that truly cared for his...Read More »
62 of 67 | Posted by: ROSARIO AND INGRID MARTINEZ - SF, CA

“This is so very sad. I loved Dr. Hufford so much that when I moved from the city all the way to Petaluma, I kept him as my doctor, when you find a...Read More »
63 of 67 | Posted by: Damon Galindo - Petaluma, CA

“I miss you doctor hufford, you have been so nice and careing to me through mu battle with cancer. You are going to be miss. ”
64 of 67 | Posted by: Lorene jones jacobs - Baypoint, CA

“We are very sad. To think that Dr. Hufford was dealing with his own illness while taking such good care of us. He always made sure I understood...Read More »
65 of 67 | Posted by: Patricia Post and Martin Vanderlaan - CA

“Dr Hufford was the kindest health care provider a patient could ask for. Always supportive and caring, he took the time to ask after my family and...Read More »
66 of 67 | Posted by: Karen Lynch - novato, CA

“I've been a patient of Dr. Hufford's for 8 years. I'm 49 years old, an he is my primary doctor. I'm a hemochromatosis patient, so I'd see him every...Read More »
67 of 67 | Posted by: Tim Tonella - san francisco, CA


Steve Hufford, a resident of San Francisco for twenty three years and a well-known physician died unexpectedly at the age of 54 on November 6, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Steve was an incredibly kind and generous person who attracted people to him. We would like to share some aspects of his life.
Steve grew up in Reseda, California, the son of Marilyn and Harry Hufford and the younger brother of Gary. Steve had wonderful memories of trips to Sequoia National Park and Hawaii with his family while growing up. During his childhood he developed a lifelong love for trains, turtles, pelicans and sequoia trees (from visits to his grandparent's house in Big Basin). Steve attended Calvert Elementary School, Sequoia Middle School and Reseda High School.
Steve went on to Stanford University where he majored in Biology (while completing requirements for the premed program) and became a member of SAE. Steve particularly loved the history classes at Stanford and enjoyed learning about the California Gold Rush. Steve and Gretchen were housed in the same freshman dorm complex and became good friends during their years at Stanford. Steve was very spontaneous and outings with Steve were always an adventure.
Steve started USC Medical School in 1979. For Christmas 1979 he visited Europe for the first time, meeting up with Gretchen to explore Rome, Venice, Florence, Salzburg and Paris. Steve and Gretchen got engaged several years later during a cross country ski trip in Montezuma, Colorado. Steve graduated from Medical School in1983 and continued his fellowship training in Hematology and Oncology at USC. Steve and Gretchen were married on Sept 16, 1984 in Littleton, Colorado and honeymooned in Vail, Colorado.
After finishing his fellowship at USC in 1989, Steve joined the San Francisco practice of Wallerstein, Bohannon and Cohen. Steve was at Game 3 of the 1989 World Series when the earthquake struck Northern California on October 17, 1989. He later became an avid Giants fan.
Steve's two happiest days were when his daughters, Justine and Kendall, were born. He loved spending time with them and nurturing their interests. Most of all he wanted to teach them to enjoy life and to make the most of every day. The family shared many fun adventures to Tahoe,Yosemite, Hawaii, various US cities and Europe. On these trips Steve shared his passions for history (WWII, the Civil War and ancient Rome). Steve was a descendent of a Titanic victim and the family vacation in 2004 was spent retracing Steve's Irish roots in an area north of Galway.
Steve savored every moment and loved taking on new challenges. His interests over the years included astronomy, banjo, ukelele, bicycling, gourmet cooking, wine-making and orchids. Steve spent years learning to play the piano and accompanied Kendall in duets at her elementary school recitals (he was the only adult to play). In the last two years, golf had become a passion and Steve was honored to get a volunteer position at the 2012 US Open at the Olympic Club.
Steve especially valued hearing the life stories of his patients and sharing stories about his family with them. During his career, Steve served on various medical committees and boards. When he passed away, he was Chief of Oncology at CPMC.
Steve battled his pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor - undergoing a complicated surgery and participating in a clinical trial. During the three and a half years following his diagnosis, Steve practiced the philosophy he preached to his patients and embraced each day.
Steve leaves behind his devoted wife of 28 years, Gretchen Frantz, his daughters, Kendall (14) and Justine (21), as well as Fergie, the dachshund, Odette, the parrot, Speed and Lava, the turtles, and the ten unnamed coi fish. Missing him also are his father Harry (Jan), brother Gary (Pat), brother-in-law Kurt Frantz (Kim), mother-in-law, Janis Manley (Jim), nephews and niece, Jeff, Kevin, Bryan and Albert Frantz and Mallory Frantz, cousins David Base (Margaret), Steve Base, Paula Base and Tom Base and aunt, Gwen McDaniel.
Steve was predeceased by his mother, Marilyn (in October, 2012), his uncle and aunt, Joe Base and Helen Base