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In Memoriam

Class of 1987


Dr. Steven AleinikoffDr. Steven Craig Aleinikoff died on April 16, 2016 after a heroic battle with cancer. He was 55.

Dr. Aleinikoff was born in Seattle to Paul and Beverly Aleinikoff. He grew up in the Seward Park area and attended Graham Hill Elementary and Lakeside Middle and Upper Schools.

Dr. Aleinikoff was a standout student athlete who competed for the Lakeside football and track & field programs all four years of high school. He was elected captain of both teams his senior year. He graduated from Lakeside in 1979 and attended the UW, where he ran track his freshman year and was a proud member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He received his undergraduate degree in biology in 1983 and his DDS in 1987 from the School of Dentistry. He and Alison Jones fell in love at the UW in 1981 and married in 1986.

Dr. Aleinikoff practiced dentistry in Seattle’s University District for 29 years. He loved being a dentist and the patients he was able to help through the years. He was known professionally for his calm demeanor, sensitivity and humor. He loved to go on family trips in places including the Oregon Coast and Hawaii and was an avid fisherman who spent quality time in Canada. His favorite place was in the San Juans, where he loved crabbing, shrimping and spending time with family and friends. He will be remembered for being a standout mixologist and grill master, an avid Husky Athletics fan, a proud member of the Seattle Golf Club and a man of deep faith.

Dr. Aleinikoff is survived by his wife, Alison; children Kyle, Emily and Ryan; father Paul Sr.; brother Paul Jr.; mother-in-law Marice Jones; sister-in-law Debbie Jones, her husband, Larry Stecher, and their three children; sister-in-law Missie Ross and her two daughters; and brother-in-law Rick (Bonnie) Jones and his son.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly; father-in-law Richard Jones; and brother-in-law Paul Ross. (Seattle Times)