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05/15/12 09:59 PM #1    

Penelope Sutter (DE Paoli)

After obtaining his PhD in Mathematics at Brown University Steve was a professor at Carleton College in Minnesota for some 23 years.   Then he was lured away to Lake Forest College in Illinois to be their Provost and Dean of the Faculty.  He was at Lake Forest for ten years stepping down to become a regular professor in his eleventh year there.  The school named their annual symposium in his honor after his death December 14, 2006 of a sudden and massive heart attack.

Steve is survived by two daughters and one grandson.  He had a fabulous sense of humor, probably the best I have ever known, and is missed by many, including me.  He inspired many serious math students to excel and had a knack for making math relevant to non-math majors.  He even liked teaching math for dummies type courses because he could open the minds of math haters with his unique sense of fun.  He wrote two college text books that have become standards.  He revised "Doing Mathematics" the summer before his death and had planned to do likewise with "Introduction to Mathematical Structures".

He loved baseball - especially the Minnesota Twins.  He was in the last row of the upper deck in center field of the Metrodome for their 1991 World Series final game victory.  We went to the first game of the Giants 2002 World Series, which was a total bust - but we had great seats!  He was also interested in all things weather related, probably missing his calling as a forecaster.  There is a moving essay on-line written by a fellow professor who shared Steve's last day.  It accurately portrays the kind and sensitive person he was.



09/09/17 06:05 PM #2    

Dennis Delrogh

Shame on me for having no clear-cut McClatchy recall of Steve who, when I chatted with him at length during the reunion before he died, came off so naturally personable and self-effacing, it was almost therapeutic.  So conversant a fellow that he would probably have been happy to schmooze with me about the Walker museum (he spent most of his adult life in Minnesota) if I had thought to mention it.


09/10/17 10:45 AM #3    

John Snyder (Snyder)

What a shock! Steve was one of my favorite friends at McClatchy, and will be sorely missed. 


09/11/17 07:19 AM #4    

Barry Thornton

We had a several odessys together, he had fun, so did I, it was good as is it gets, the doors to tomorrow were opened before us, it was life being relished.

09/11/17 07:39 AM #5    

Elliott Kramsky

I remember Steve well.  Very bright in a low key way, Always smiling, always friendly and always interested in you.

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