Debbie L Anagnostelis
  • 56 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 10, 1958
  • Place of birth:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 19, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Houston, Texas, United States

A memorial service for Debbie was held Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home,  

In memory of Debbie, the family requests that memorial donations be made to 


March 19th, 2015

With the deepest sadness, we are writing to inform you that Debbie Anagnostelis, long-time Executive Director of the APS and the SPR, Director of the PAS Annual Meeting, past recipient of the SPR’s Thomas A. Hazinski Distinguished Service Award, and colleague and dear friend to many, died peacefully today from cancer.  We will truly miss her leadership, her vision, and her passion for our societies and her dedication to pediatric research and improving child health around the globe.

Many of us have had the joy of working with Debbie throughout these years and know what a truly wonderful and gifted woman she was.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Gail Harrison on 10th July 2016

"Happy Angel Birthday Deb!
Gail and Neil"

This tribute was added by Dale Alverson on 10th July 2016

"Still so hard to believe. She is missed. I remember back in the day, Deb would help us write our grants before "Word" ever existed. She used lots of white-out as we kept changing things as we went along but she did it with a smile and never complained. with love, Dale"

This tribute was added by Rita Ryan on 10th July 2016

"Happy Birthday Deb!  PAS and our societies still miss you!"

This tribute was added by Rita Ryan on 11th July 2015

"Although this past year's meeting was good, it didn't seem the same to me without Debbie's smiling face, running around solving all of our problems.  She is surely missed.  She was an especially kind person who would help out all of the scientist-leaders at PAS, especially those on the program committee.  She was a gem.  Happy birthday Deb!"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Dennery on 3rd May 2015

"Debbie was a force to reckon with.  She kept the societies going and enabled us to grow and prosper.  She also cared deeply about all of us.  i miss her very much."

This tribute was added by Kathy Cannon on 28th April 2015

"RIP Debbie.  Thank you for the time we spent together.  You will be missed by so many and will always be in our hearts and memory."

This tribute was added by Vicky Norwood on 21st April 2015

"Debbie and her colleagues at the PAS have been crucial in making ASPN is the organization it is today.  Her always friendly guidance and helping hands will be truly missed."

This tribute was added by Ellis Avner on 19th April 2015

"Debbie was the glue that held the PAS together for all pediatricians.
She was always "that pleasant voice" who resolved inter-society matters with professionalism and a healthy sense of perspective (and humor). She will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Deb Zirkle on 18th April 2015

"Debbie was a dear friend for 23 short years and it has been my pleasure to work for her 20 of those years. She was an incredible mentor with a keen sense of bringing the right people together to make incredible things happen. Her vision for the societies, I'm sure, had only begun to be fulfilled. She loved life and loved to laugh – and I loved to make her laugh, often. I have so many wonderful memories of our times together, and each one has laughter. My heart will forever hold her and with each laugh, I will remember her."

This tribute was added by Ruth Etzel on 14th April 2015

"One of the things that has always impressed me about Debbie is that she was incredibly welcoming to new PAS affiliates.  When I approached her several years ago to help me find a way for the International Society for Children's Health and Environment to hold meetings in conjunction with the annual meetings of the PAS, she could not have been more welcoming and helpful.  I think it is largely due to her inclusive spirit that the PAS has grown and grown.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Robert Lustig on 6th April 2015

"As a member of the Program Committee 2007-2010, Debbie was our "go-to" . There was no one who was more productive, did a better job, and always with a smile. PAS was very lucky to have had her as our guiding light. She will most surely be missed."

This tribute was added by Cynthia Bearer on 6th April 2015

"Debbie, I will miss you. RIP"

This tribute was added by Sherry Courtney on 2nd April 2015

"Debbie was such a kind and caring person.  I will never forget the time she lent me $500 at an SPR meeting because someone had stolen my purse.  She didn't even know me then.  I can't believe she is gone."

This tribute was added by Magda Fong on 2nd April 2015

"My deepest condolences to Debbie's family. Debbie was a wonderful friend and incredible work mentor. I will forever cherish the memories of her. We will miss your beautiful smile."

This tribute was added by George Lister on 31st March 2015

"Debbie was the backbone of the SPR and APS for well over 30 years. She supported us, kept us upright and pointed in the proper direction, and helped us translate our ideas into action. She withstood the increased weight of the organizations as we grew and expanded our activities. We have lost a dear friend, a great colleague, and a soul mate. We were all made better by her presence."

This tribute was added by Linda Baker on 29th March 2015

"It is with great sadness, we said goodbye today to our leader and dear friend Deb Anagnostelis. Deb was an incredible woman--enduring, kind, loyal, generous, full of grace--lover of life and laughter. She was a visionary in the world of pediatric research, deeply passionate and compassionate, devoted and dedicated, wise beyond words. She lived her life--ever so short--to the absolute fullest. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will dance in our hearts forever. Rest peacefully, sweet friend--watch over us daily as we carry on your incredible mission. till we meet again---"

This tribute was added by tom shanley on 28th March 2015

"Sincerest condolences to the amazing family and friends who surrounded Deb with such love and support.  It was one of the greatest honors and opportunities to work with Deb who has left a legacy that will continue to impact the pediatric research community for years to come.  Her kindness, thoughtfulness, fairness and drive were examples i will forever try to emulate.  The entire APS-SPR family misses our anchor, but promises to continue to build upon the foundation Deb has left."

This tribute was added by Jane McGowan on 26th March 2015

"Debbie will alway be the face of the APS-SPR for me.  She was the go-to person for answers to any question and  help with any problem, and still managed to keep her sense of humor even when she was working at full warp speed.  My favorite memory is the "Certificate of Achievement" she sent to Dr. Delivoria for successfully sending in all of her abstracts electronically AND on time.  Maria still has that award hanging on the wall in her office, and I think of Deb and chuckle whenever I see if"

This tribute was added by Jean Bartholomew on 25th March 2015

"I can't remember when I first talked to Debbie, but it was years and years ago.  I had my face to face intro to Debbie at a FOPO meeting when FOPO met at the Skybird Lounge at O'Hare.  After that we talked on a number of occasions about meetings of the many pediatric organizations.  She was always so helpful and pleasant to me even though she was knee deep in her work.  Pediatrics has lost a most important and lovely person in Debbie.  She did so much for peds.
Rest in peace, Debbie."

This tribute was added by Melinda Epperson on 25th March 2015

"What an honor and joy it has been to work with Debbie and the Pediatric Academic Societies for so many years.  She leaves a wonderful legacy that will live on in the hearts of those who have had the privilege of knowing her and working with her.

With heartfelt sympathy to the Anagnostelis and PAS families,
Tulane University CME
Melinda, Pamala, Anita, Roblynn, Ouida, Maria, and Mike"

This tribute was added by Samuel Katz on 25th March 2015

Yours was the welcoming voice whenever we dialed APS/SPR, a cordiality inviting one to register his/her inquiry, complaint, response--whatever the occasion, but always received conveying incomparable warmth and sincerity. You are missed by all of us."

This tribute was added by Sarah Long on 25th March 2015

"-- As a fledgling fellow submitting an abstract
-- At the keyboard for the first electronic abstract submission
-- As a neophyte at the first planning meeting
-- As an elder, confused about something...
       She was at my side, wonderfully competent and happy  to help, although I'm sure I was one of Debbie's Dummies.  Rest well."

This tribute was added by Beverly Fisher on 25th March 2015

"We worked with Debbie over the years in many different capacities.  She was extremely helpful, patient, and kind.  She will be missed by all who knew and worked with her. She was the best!

Beverly and Del Fisher"

This tribute was added by Elena Fuentes-Afflick on 25th March 2015

"Debbie was the heart and soul of the SPR and I was lucky to work with her for many years. Over the course of her illness she was so brave, a model for all of us. I'm grateful to have known Debbie and will remember her dedication and optimism. Heartfelt condolences to her family."

This tribute was added by Endla Anday on 25th March 2015

"Debbie's passing is an immeasurable loss, not just for the Pediatric Academic Societies which she represented so beautifully, but at a personal level and as a friend to us all.  My deepest condolences to her family."

This tribute was added by David Clark on 25th March 2015

"Debbie and the staff she led provided excellent support for the various socoities through some difficult times. She will be missed forever
Too soon gone."

This tribute was added by Chrsty Phillips on 25th March 2015

"My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Anagnostelis family and the APS=SPR staff.  Debbie was an amazing woman and colleague.  I will miss her dearly but I am happy knowing that she is resting peacefully."

This tribute was added by alvin zipursky on 25th March 2015

"We would like to join our colleagues and friends in expressing our deep gratitude to Debbie for the support she provided to us and our Programme for Global Paediatric Research over many years. Always brimming with a remarkable blend of efficiency, creativity, and warmth, Debbie helped us navigate unchartered waters in a way that made us feel valued and supported. The team she built around her are a remarkable group and we extend our deepest sympathies to them and to her wife and family.Alvin Zipursky and Margaret Manley"

This tribute was added by russell chesney on 25th March 2015

"Debbie was an amazing leader of a great group of stewards of the Pediatric Academic Societies. She had a great sense of humor and remarkable energy. Any of us fortunate enough to have been on a council or in a leadership role recognize how effectively she organized our meetings and pushed forward the agendas of the Societies. We will all miss her and her boundless spirit."

This tribute was added by Rita Ryan on 25th March 2015

"Debbie was a positive spirit and always kept her eye on the ball.  She was committed to academic pediatrics and to children.  She would help anyone.  Have been missing her the past few sad."

This tribute was added by Jon Abramson on 25th March 2015

"Debbie was an incredibly kind and generous person who used these traits to make the SPR/APS a highly efficient and fun place to be part of. During my time on the SPR Board I was continuously amazed by  Debbie's dedication and innovative spirit. I will miss her and continue to think of her often. Jon"

This tribute was added by David Nathan on 25th March 2015

"Debbie was a marvelous manager and a responsive, devoted leader of academic pediatrics.  She was never too busy to deal with specific issues raised by her brood of pediatricians. I respected her enormously and will always remember her with fondness and admiration."

This tribute was added by CATHERINE DEANGELIS on 25th March 2015

"Debbie was a great woman who led the Societies with her knowledge, work ethic, enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humor.  Working with her was a privilege and joy.
Rest happily, Debbie."

This tribute was added by Dan Bernstein on 25th March 2015

"Debbie was indeed the heart and soul of the Pediatric Academic Societies. I had the good fortune to be able to work with her when on Council, and when SPR President quickly realized that Debbie was the real force behind the successes or the organization. She worked tirelessly for our mission and will be missed by her friends and colleagues."

This tribute was added by Susan Shurin on 24th March 2015

"Debbie was the heart and souls of the SPR and PAS.  Her commitment, passion for the mission, consummate professionalism and deep understanding of why we are all involved made the officers willing and eager to be engaged. We have lost her far too early. Deepest sympathy to her family - they will feel the void she leaves, but must be very proud of her."

This tribute was added by michael kaback on 24th March 2015

"Debbie and her staff made being the President of the American Pediatric Society a true joy.  Her consistent enthusiasm, knowledge, and availability were always there when needed most.  She did her job with great energy and dedication.  These attributes were only matched by her wonderful personality and ability never to get flustered. I will always cherish her memory."

This tribute was added by Mark Klebanoff on 24th March 2015

"Debbie has been the face of SPR to me for the past 25 years. I can't remember how many times I called, wrote or (more recently) emailed her with questions, and she was unfailingly great to deal with. I'll certainly miss her and I offer my deepest condolences to her family.
Mark Klebanoff"

This tribute was added by Dale Alverson on 24th March 2015

"We at the University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics remember Debbie very fondly. She was an important team player in organizing our research and manuscripts/abstracts, as well as our grant applications. She did this before there was Microsoft office and would often have to retype an entire section due to a single error or change made by one of the co-investigators. She had amazing patience and passion for what we were trying to accomplish! Often "white-out" was the the key to managing these corrections. We were happy that she moved into a leadership role at APS/SPR but missed her immensely at our own institution. She was priceless. We are deeply saddened by her passing, all too soon, but will remember her with a smile and a tear."

This tribute was added by Bill Berman on 24th March 2015

"I hope and believe Debbie and her family know how much I loved and respected her.  I hope also that members of the Pediatric Academic Societies realize the contributions Debbie Anagnostelis made to the component societies and the national meeting.  Debbie was a tireless and dependable worker, an innovator and a developer.  Her role in administering and coordinating the societies should not be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Linda Van Marter on 24th March 2015

"Debbie was a remarkable woman who leaves an extraordinary legacy at the PAS and beyond. Though her contributions are countless, I'll always remember the passion and caring with which she looked after the students in the SPR-APS summer research program. My deepest condolences to the Anagnostelis family and to Debbie's PAS friends and colleagues."

This tribute was added by Judy Aschner on 24th March 2015

"Debbie will be dearly missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to work with her over her many years of dedicated and skillful service to the SPR-APS and the PAS meeting. My heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones and to her professional family at the central office at the Woodlands. Judy"

This tribute was added by Sandi Anderson on 24th March 2015

"Rest in peace my dear friend.  You will be forever in my heart."

This tribute was added by ruth eliot on 21st March 2015

"My deepest condolences to the Anagnostelis family. Deb was an incredible woman, an amazing leader, and an inspiration to many. The world is a better place for having had her in it. Rest in peace, Deb."

This tribute was added by Rhonda Raley on 21st March 2015

"Peace and Love."

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