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William J. Pieper M.D.

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Pieper MD, William J. 84, of Chicago, died peacefully of natural causes at his home Thursday. He was born on October 21, 1929, on the South side of Chicago. Dr. Pieper graduated from St. Ignatius High School, and received his B.A. and M.D from The University of Illinois. He married Martha Heineman and they lived in Chicago and shared vacations on Martha's Vineyard, and Eagle, WI. Dr. William Pieper was a medical doctor and psychoanalyst who co-founded, co-authored and co-developed Intrapsychic Humanism, Addicted to Unhappiness, Smart Love, and the Smart Love Clinic and the Natalie G. Heineman Smart Love Preschool, with his wife and partner, Dr. Martha Heineman Pieper. Dr. William Pieper was a passionate advocate for children, and had an immediate rapport and empathy with young people. His honesty and willingness to see children as individuals made children adore and trust him. He was truly interested in what they had to say. He was a committed and caring clinician who loved his work. His favorite hobbies were riding horses with his wife and reading philosophy. Dr. Pieper was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, filled with enormous generosity and humanity. Dr. Pieper is survived by his wife, Dr. Martha Heineman Pieper; five children and stepchildren, Joseph Pieper, married to Janet, of Chicago, Victoria Heineman-Pieper of St. Charles, Jessica Heineman-Pieper, married to Param Srikantia, of Cleveland, OH, Thalia Field, married to Jamie Jewett, of Providence, RI, and Johanna Heineman-Pieper, of Chicago; and five grandchildren, Colin, Hayley, Nola, Gershon, and Benjamin. The family will announce a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Smart Love Family Services: www.smartlovefamily.org
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Feb. 23, 2014
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