Peter Sheldon Stevens, a co-founder of The Nemours Children's
Clinic, died at his Jacksonville home Sunday after a lengthy illness.
He was 56.
Dr. Stevens was a pediatric urologist. He chose a career in the
medical field because of his ongoing battle with illnesses.
When he was a baby, Dr. Stevens had a tumor and underwent
experimental radiation. He said he grew up around hospitals.
"I always said when I was a kid that I was going to grow up and
try to pay people back," he said in a February newsletter. ". . .
In fact, I wanted to be a heart surgeon initially, but when I
was an intern at the University of Minnesota, I worked with
urologists that did a lot of work with children.
"The sub-speciality, pediatric urology, was barely in its
infancy then, and I decided I was going to do that."
H. Warner Webb, a pediatric surgeon who started the Nemours
clinic with Dr. Stevens and two other physicians, said Dr.
Stevens was known for his humor and …