ALPERN: Steven Thor Alpern, 61, of Sonora, Calif., died at his home Friday, March 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer. Son of the late Edwin A. and Florine Alpern of Pittsburgh, Steve was a 1974 graduate of Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville and a 1978 summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After beginning his graduate studies at the University of California Berkeley, Steve found his life’s calling when he sought out acupuncture treatment after an accident. Steve became a noted herbalist and acupuncture practitioner as well as a lecturer around the U.S. At the time of his death he was writing a textbook on the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Steve is survived by his brother Bruce (Deborah) of Crested Butte, Colo., a nephew Zachary (Pria) of New York, N.Y., two grandnephews and any number of friends, students and patients. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Chaplain’s Fund, Adventist Health Sonora, 1000 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370.