John M Lesesne M.D., father of Juliette Moeller of Harbor Springs, died peacefully in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

He was born in 1920, in Charleston, South Carolina, the only child of Harlston and Juliette Lesesne. He pursued his education at the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he graduated with honors as a top ranking cadet. After graduating from the Citadel, John attended General Theological Seminary in New York, studying to be an Episcopal Minister. John left the Seminary and enlisted in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Panama, North Africa and with the Fifth Army in Italy where he was awarded a Bronze star after serving 180 days in combat from November 1, 1944 until May 2, 1945. He believed the motto of “Duty, Honor and Country.”

Following the war, John attended Duke Medical School where he graduated with a specialty in Internal Medicine and a subspecialty in Allergy and Immunology. He interned at Cincinnati General Hospital and continued his residency at the University of Michigan. John was president of the Michigan Allergy Society. During his nearly 50 years of medical practice, Dr. Lesesne was known for his compassion and unfailing devotion to his family, patients and friends.

John was an avid sailor having sailed in the Mackinac races, Miami to Jamaica, Bermuda, and other long distance races.

John loved tennis, including mixed doubles with Ann. He was a member of Country Club of Detroit, the Yondotega Club, Ocean Club of Florida, The Little Club of Florida, Crescent Sail Yacht Club and the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe.

In 1953, John married Ann Kamper in Grosse Pointe, where they spent their married life. John is survived by his wife and children, Dr. Cap Lesesne (Brianna), Juliette Moeller, Elizabeth Dixon (Mark), Sarah Tripodi (Joseph), Jacqueline Lesesne and John Lesesne, Jr.

He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Eric and Christiane Lesesne, Christine, Andrew and Ellen Moeller, Elizabeth, Peter and Sarah Dixon, Emilia, Joseph and Serena Tripodi, Peter, Alexandra and Stephanie Zablocki, and Ashley, Catherine and John Lesesne III.

Donations may be made to:

The John Lesesne Scholarship Fund at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409

Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

St. John’s Hospital, 22101 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Posted in: Harbor Light News

Posted on: 2017-03-16

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