Jeffrey Thomas St. Clair, MD of River Ridge, LA, formerly of Princeton, WV, passed away on Nov. 03, 2017 at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Jeff was born on Oct. 04, 1963 in Princeton and was the son of Nancy White St. Clair of Princeton, WV and Dr. David Thomas St. Clair (Denise) of Bastian, VA. He was a Board Certified Emergency Trauma physician at University Medical Center in New Orleans where he also served as Assistant Clinical Instructor in Emergency Medicine.
Jeff graduated from Princeton High School in 1981 where he excelled in athletics. He received numerous awards in both baseball and basketball. In 1979, '80, and '81 Jeff and his teammates participated in the WV AAA Basketball State Championship Tournament, winning the championship in '79 and '81. In 1980 and '81, his team won two WV AAU Basketball State Championships, the AAU-USA National Basketball Championship in 1980, and was a semi-finalist in the 1981 AAU-USA National Basketball Championship. Following graduation from Princeton High School, Jeff attended the University of Virginia graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology. After UVA, he attended Marshall University earning a Medical Doctorate Degree. In 1996, Jeff completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at LSU where he remained on the staff at Charity Hospital, now University Medical Center. While at University, he received numerous Emergency Medicine Clinical Faculty of the Year Awards. The family has been informed that this particular award is being renamed in Jeff's honor. In 2009 Jeff was inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jeff was one of the few civilian physicians, working with the military, treating the sick and injured. During that time, he also helped provide medical trauma training to other physicians aboard the USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship assigned to New Orleans to assist with the disaster. In 2008, Jeff was awarded the Marshall University Alumni Community Achievement Award for his service during the Katrina tragedy. He also appeared in National Geographic Magazine, and had multiple TV appearances on Trauma: Life in the ER, Code Blue New Orleans and Critical Hour. He was a member of many professional organizations and received many professional awards during his tenure at University Medical Center. During his free time, Jeff loved being at his second home in Navarre, FL spending time on the beach, fishing, and scuba diving.
Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents Dempsey and Lois White, and Eva St. Clair. Remaining survivors, left to cherish his memory, are his parents and his brother, Schon St. Clair, PharmD, who resides in Hurricane, WV. Jeff is also survived by extended family members, many special friends, and his beloved cat Taz.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Jeff will be conducted 2:00 PM Monday, November 13, 2017, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Dr. Dan Jividen officiating. Entombment will follow in Resthaven Park Cemetery Mausoleum in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at Seaver Funeral Home from 12:00 Noon to the service hour on Monday.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mercer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 5723, Princeton, WV 24740.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com
Published on November 11, 2017