Stephen Duncan Prudhomme
August 15, 1952–October 20, 2014
Stephen Prudhomme, our friend, colleague, and mentor passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on October 20, 2014.
Stephen was everyone’s favorite Canadian. He graduated from Carleton University where he received his Master’s degree of Science in Biology. He joined the National Research Council, Canada’s premier science and technology research organization where he held many positions from 1980 through 1992. After departing the National Research Council, he joined the Canadian Medical Association in Ottawa, holding many senior positions including as Publishing Director.
Stephen joined the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2001 to lead AHA’s Scientific Publishing Department. In his first AHA role, Stephen’s many accomplishments included setting the groundwork for expanding the AHA’s portfolio of science journals through the launch of the Circulation subspecialty journals. In 2007, he became the AHA’s Vice President of Healthcare Quality, where he was a key player in the ongoing growth of Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline. In 2009, Stephen moved into the position of Vice President, Global Strategies.
In his role as Vice President of Global Strategies, Stephen made key contributions in helping the organization to create its first ever International Strategic Health Plan. The framework and relationships that he established in that role continue to yield results and contribute to the AHA mission today. Programs such as the adaptation of Get With The Guidelines in China through the Improving Cardiovascular Care in China Program and the exploration of projects in Brazil and Europe are the result of Stephen’s immeasurable contribution through relationship building with healthcare providers around the globe and more specifically engagement of cardiovascular societies within several countries. Stephen was the key in leading AHA relationships with global federations including the World Heart Federation and World Stroke Organization. Stephen positioned the organization strategically to make a commitment organizationally in global advocacy and have the Association be a lead supporter calling for a High Level Meeting at the United Nations on Non-Communicable Diseases.
Stephen also worked closely with the American Stroke Association and helped to ensure its continued growth and integration globally.
In each of his roles, Stephen was exceptional. He was highly regarded for his ability to work with others, his easygoing sense of humor, and his sincere commitment to helping people improve their health. His effortless generosity and gift for mentoring others has set the bar high for those who follow. He had an immeasurable effect on the work AHA does, the credibility of AHA as a science organization, and the AHA international brand, and he will be greatly missed.
He traveled the world for work and for play and no matter where he went he found friends. And he had impeccable taste, be it in his hiring of staff or a pair of shoes. In Stephen’s world, everything should be just so, and so it was. And the world was better for it.
He also loved animals. He owned many over the years but acquired Vic the French Bulldog right after his diagnosis. Vic had many adventures with his dad.
When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he became an inspiration many, living life to the fullest. He had already traveled the world but began checking off his bucket list. Trips included everything from Broadway plays to Italy to the Galapagos Islands. You were lucky if you took a trip with Stephen. He gave of himself and faced cancer head on, a role model and mentor even facing insurmountable odds.
Survived by his loving brother Michael Prudhomme (Lois), Oakville, Ontario; James Prudhomme (Lyse Tremblay), Kelowna, BC; Charlotte Prudhomme, Coquitlam, BC; and Mary Cresswell (Dan), Kelowna, BC. Dearest uncle of Julie Prudhomme Folch, Marc Prudhomme, Amanda Prudhomme Shadwick, Danielle La Rocque, and Cherie La Rocque as well as great uncle of Michael Folch, Austin Prudhomme, and Jackson Prudhomme, all of Canada. He also leaves behind many cousins throughout Canada and the United States.
I thank Karen Barry for reviewing a first draft.
- Received November 10, 2014.
- Accepted November 10, 2014.
- © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.