I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
- James Joyce
  • 87 years old
  • Born on August 22, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
  • Passed away on January 30, 2018 in Virginia, United States.

This page was created in memory of our dad, Dr. Stephen J. Carrroll Jr. who passed away peacefully on January 30 after battling lung cancer.  Dad was distinguished, intelligent, wise, loving, funny, warm, caring, giving, supportive, encouraging, non-judgemental, open minded, and simply a great man.  Daily, he sought knowledge and understanding, admired beauty in works of art and the natural world, and supported, cared for, and encouraged those around him.  The result was a life very well lived, and man very well loved.  He will be deeply missed, but forever carried on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. 

A quote from one of Dad's favorite works of literature aptly fits his effect on the lives of those who knew him.
“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” 
― George EliotMiddlemarch

As Dad's friends and family are all across the globe, and per his wishes, we will not be having a formal funeral or memorial service, but would love to hear from you personally or on this memorial. A Scholarship in his name has been set up at the University of Maryland. See details below.  Please take a moment to view this page, learn more about him, and share your favorite thoughts, tributes, and stories about Stephen Carroll. Thanks for visiting and being a part of our Dad's wonderful life. 

Gifts can be made to the Stephen J. Carroll, Jr. Scholarship Fund at the University of Maryland. Please make checks payable to the University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF), 3300 Metzerott Road, Adelphi, MD 20783, or visit http://www.usmf.org/give-a-gift/ 

Posted by Patrick Flood on 31st January 2019
Reading this a long way from home, Steve and remembering your lust for life and travel- best wishes to Donna and the family today.
Posted by Patrick Flood on 24th December 2018
Happy Christmas to all the Carrolls Steve- you are missed!
Posted by Ming-Jer Chen on 23rd August 2018
For Dr. Stephen J. Carroll, Academy of Management Fellows Dinner, August 12, 2018 I am deeply honored to say a few remarks in remembrance of our dear friend, colleague, and in my case, mentor, lifelong teacher, and “American father,” Steve Carroll. We all remember Dr. Carroll with great fondness, first and foremost for his profound humanity, as well, of course, for his scholarly demeanor. I believe the first impression of Dr. Carroll most people will recall is probably the same as mine: a kind, warm, big-hearted person—with a wonderful smile and best of all, a delightful sense of humor! We all have our Dr. Carroll stories. I have many vivid and clear memories of my initial meeting with Dr. Carroll when I arrived in College Park, Maryland, in the early 80s for my doctoral studies. What comes first to mind is the state of his office—I had never seen a work space so full, floor to ceiling! Somewhere on his desk or on a shelf a small sign or plaque was visible, with a quote from former vice president Hubert Humphrey, I believe, to the effect that “If someone is organized, he or she does not have a clear mind, but if he has a clear mind his office will be messy.” Dr. Carroll was living proof of this axiom! Cynthia Lee, now a professor at Northeastern University’s business school whom many of you might know, was, like me, a teaching assistant of Dr. Carroll, and she likes to tell a story of coming to his office one Monday morning and being startled. “Steve, your office is suddenly bigger!” she joked (perhaps with a bit of irony). “What happened?” As it turned out, poor Dr. Carroll, against his nature, had spent the weekend cleaning it up. As our relationship grew, mentor and mentee, it was not long before Dr. Carroll made the greatest contribution in molding my future: he convinced me to change my major. This was a completely unforeseen development--a revelation, really. I had entered the Maryland doctoral program as an organizational-behavior student. At that time, there was no strategic management group. I limped along in the OB seminar of Professor Edwin A. Locke and landed near the bottom in my mid-term, which to me, a newly arrived international student, was like an English test instead of an exam of a professional subject matter. By the end of that first year I had managed to climb to the top, and received a very positive annual review from Dr. Locke. And then I walked into Dr. Carroll’s office. At the conclusion of a long conversation, he said, “Ming-Jer, given your interests, and what Taiwan needs, I think you should major in strategy instead of organizational behavior.” With that, he guided me into strategic management. The rest is now history. Ed Locke is here, and let me ask him if he can ever imagine that I would follow in his steps and run lab experiments and continue his goal-setting studies for the rest of my life! I cannot! My experience is undoubtedly like any number that could be recounted by other students and colleagues of his. He was always helping. For students especially, he was the one professor, confidant, and advisor who could always be counted on for counseling or conflict resolution. Most importantly, everyone knew Dr. Carroll would “be there for you” to offer moral and substantive support if you needed extra help, or to those who felt left out or “lost.” This was particularly true for a lot of international students who were struggling with culture conflicts and living challenges in addition to academic performance. The kindness that Dr. and Mrs. Carroll, who were married for 57 years, extended to me and my wife, Moh-Jiun, and later my sons, made us feel immediately welcome. They opened their home to us and made the unfamiliar comfortable, and our transition to a new life became immeasurably smoother. Dr. Carroll liked to cook Chinese food, although he was truly not that good from our viewpoint! However, he treasured his Irish background and shared his family traditions often with us, and my wife and I were always so fond of his yummy cucumber sandwiches! One final thought. Dr. Carroll’s children remembered their father as a man who “sought knowledge and understanding, and admired beauty in works of art and the natural world.” Both he and Mrs. Carroll were vigorous readers, and read widely across a wide range of topics, in addition to watching countless international films together. Dr. Carroll once told me that he and Mrs. Carroll together had read more than 8,000 books—not including the books in his messy office! His children’s description expresses perfectly our friend and colleague’s boundless spirit and humanity. He was a true gentleman scholar of the utmost kindness. As I wrote to the Carroll family after his passing, it is with the profoundest respect that I offer this testimonial to Dr. Carroll, my beloved “American teacher-father.” To sir, with forever love.
Posted by Patrick Flood on 23rd August 2018
Happy birthday, Steve! You are talked about regularly in our family and are missed greatly. I think of you especially when I come across a good joke to relay! Best wishes to Donna, Chris and Alissa
Posted by Chris Cannon on 2nd April 2018
I can still hear his laugh: a little husky, quiet, prompted by the smallest detail, often in a story he was telling about himself. He was the best sort of academic, not only warm and wise--full of interesting facts and compelling ideas--but someone who took his subject much more seriously than he took himself. He never taught me formerly but as a family friend from my boyhood he did provide the most compelling model for the kind of life I eventually chose. And he was always one of the people I always looked forward to talking to. I only saw him every few years but I miss very much knowing I will not see him again. He was rare and wonderful.
Posted by Nina Ohman on 25th March 2018
I remember Prof. Stephen Carroll as a dear friend and wonderful mentor. I was a student in his class at the University of Maryland and because I was a member of the women’s basketball team I sometimes had to seek his advise on materials that I might have missed due to travel with the team. During those discussions I also learned that he was enthusiastic about the university’s athletics programs, and particularly, I appreciated the fact that he supported women’s sports. Furthermore, he often attended athletic events on campus and I have great memories of our delightful post-game conversations on the court; he would often come to congratulate on a win or give words of encouragement after a tough match. Throughout the ensuing years we continued our friendly dialogue about the sports and also the arts. I cherish the many rich exchanges we had about concerts, arts events, music recordings, and films. In all respects, his friendship made a remarkable and enduring impact on my life. I am truly grateful for his amazing academic, professional, and personal guidance. My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Carroll, Alisa, and Chris.
Posted by Peggy Phillips on 8th March 2018
Steve's smile and the incredible sense of integrity and peacefulness are what I see and feel when I think of Steve. I did not know him well, but he was part of my world at the University of Maryland, and I always felt better just passing him in the hall and receiving his loving greeting. I got to know him better through Alisa, who has many of his loving characteristics. I am grateful to have been blessed having just a little piece of Steve in my life.
Posted by Cristina Giannantonio on 1st March 2018
“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.”   Lee Iacocca I was Dr. Carroll’s student for almost 40 years. Steve, in his generosity, would call us colleagues, but in my mind he was always my teacher. I took classes from him as an undergraduate and an MBA student. As a Ph.D student, I worked as one of his teaching assistants, he served on my dissertation committee, and we worked on research together. Steve was a very important part of my years at the University of Maryland and it was his OB class that shaped my decision to become a professor. I described Steve’s influence on my career many years ago when writing my teaching statement as I applied for tenure. Those words remain true today… Career theorists argue that occupational choice is a developmental and evolutionary process.  While that might be true for most people, it was not true for me. I have wanted to be a professor since I was a senior at the University of Maryland. During the Fall 1979 semester I enrolled in MGT 464 – Organizational Behavior. I enrolled in the class because a professor who had been awarded one of the University of Maryland’s highest honors, Distinguished Scholar Teacher, was teaching it. I assumed that meant it would be a good class. I was wrong. It was a great class. That class changed my life. That professor changed my life. I decided to become a professor based on the example set by one professor in one class. I was convinced that this was the perfect job for me. At the age of 21, my conceptualization of the job was that it involved doing the three things I most loved to do: read, write, and teach. I wasn’t that far off the mark. After 12 years as an academic, the main components of my job involve reading, writing, and teaching. What I learned in Dr. Stephen J. Carroll’s class was that a good professor was both a scholar and a teacher. Twenty years later this one concept is the guiding principle behind my own teaching philosophy. A good professor is both a scholar and a teacher. Given that, my teaching philosophy is quite simple: Love your subject. Love your students. Love to teach. If you were fortunate to have a class with Steve, you know that he loved his subject, he loved his students, and he loved to teach. Steve loved every subject! There wasn’t a topic under the sun that he didn’t know about or find interesting. An hour conversing with him provided more intellectual stimulation than you could fit into a semester. As so many have noted, Steve loved his students. He was the perfect mentor; he was generous with his knowledge, his time, and his advice. Steve loved to teach, not just in the classroom, but also through his consulting as he sought to make organizations better places to work. Steve was a dynamic and engaging speaker. A natural storyteller, he connected with his audience, and held their interest with his sense of humor and enthusiasm for the subject. I will miss our chats and the way he signed his notes and emails "your Maryland Dad". I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Donna, Chris, and Alisa. Thank you for sharing Steve with his University of Maryland family. He was the best of us.
Posted by Ming-Jer Chen on 26th February 2018
To continue my tribute to Dr. Carroll in this site dated February 16, 2018, I’d like to share some vivid, clear memories of my initial meeting with Dr. Carroll. What comes first to mind is the state of his office—I had never seen a work space so full, floor to ceiling, so chock-a-block with books and papers that it was impossible to walk around! Somewhere on his desk or on a shelf a small sign or plaque was visible, with a quote from former vice president Hubert Humphrey, I believe, to the effect that “If someone is organized, he or she does not have a clear mind, but if he has a clear mind his office will be messy.” Dr. Carroll was living proof of this axiom! Cynthia Lee, now a professor at Northeastern University’s business school, was, like me, a teaching assistant of Dr. Carroll, and she likes to tell a story of coming to his office one Monday morning and being startled. “Steve, your office is suddenly bigger!” she exclaimed (perhaps with a bit of irony). “What happened?” As it turned out, Dr. Carroll, against his nature, had spent the weekend cleaning it up. As our relationship grew, mentor and mentee, it was not long before Dr. Carroll made the greatest contribution in molding my future: he convinced me to change my major. This was a completely unforeseen development--a revelation, really. I had entered the doctoral program at Maryland’s business school (now the Smith School) as an organizational-behavior student. At that time, there was no strategic management group (it was later established by Professor Frank T. Paine). I limped along in the OB seminar of Professor Edwin A. Locke and landed five from the bottom in my mid-term, which to me, a newcomer to the U.S., was like an English test instead of an exam of a professional subject matter. By the end of that first year I had managed to right the ship, and received a very positive review from Dr. Locke and my advisor Dr. Bob Wood, who thought I’d had a great year. And then, I walked into Dr. Carroll’s office. At the conclusion of a long conversation, he said, “Ming-Jer, given your interests, and what Taiwan needs, I think you should major in strategy instead of organizational behavior.” With that, he guided me into strategic management. At the time, this was a road much less traveled, to borrow from Robert Frost, and “that made all the difference.” It should be understood that Dr. Carroll and former Smith School dean Rudy Lamone had consulted for several years to the Taiwanese technology firm Datong Electronic Company, and thus Dr. Carroll was a relatively early bridger of East-West business cultures. On assessing my future, he applied his innate insight into human nature overlaid with the wealth of his experience to make connections that neither I nor anyone else had been able to see. It all became clear to me then, and seemed as if it had been clear all long. Without question, my interests lay much more in the macro and strategic realms than in the micro-focused world of organizational behavior. With some trepidation, I went back to Dr. Locke and Dr. Wood and informed them that I had decided to change directions and majors. Needless to say, this came to them completely out of the blue and as something of a shock. Yet, a year later I said to Dr. Locke and my other OB professors, “Now, can you imagine me doing lab experiments the rest of my life?” Thankfully, they had come around to my, and Dr. Carroll’s, understanding that this course correction would put me on track toward my life’s true work. Just as important, Dr. Carroll was the only one to say to me, “Ming-Jer, you know you can write a good theoretical article.” At that time, empirical studies were not only easier to conduct, but for non-English students they were almost the only choice. Dr. Carroll gave me the confidence to become a rigorous theorist, and before long I had placed the first of four successive publications in Academy of Management Review, the most prestigious journal publishing theoretical papers in the management field. For this I owed a debt of gratitude to Dr. Carroll, for his foresight and encouragement. Because my primary dissertation advisor, Dr. Ken Smith, could not solely chair my dissertation, due to his assistant professorship status at the time, Dr. Carroll was kind enough to serve as co-chair. Not only was he integral to directing my studies, he was a supportive arbitrator when disagreements, small or large, later arose. In December of last year I had an opportunity to call Dr. Smith when I was in Taiwan. As we spoke of Dr. Carroll, our conversation led to an open, honest discussion on, among other topics, cultural notions of aggressiveness. Our divergent views at Maryland, we agreed, had arisen from our cultural differences; we were able to transcend these differences in no small part because of the understated, behind-the-scenes type of mediation at which Dr. Carroll was so adept. Thanks to him, I have sustained a lifelong friendship with Dr. Smith, and a relationship I valued so highly with my respected advisor and mentor was not lost. This experience is undoubtedly like any number that could be recounted by other colleagues and students of Dr. Carroll. He had a sensitive, delicate way of handling conflict, a natural mediator, always helping, always the problem-solver. For students in particular, he was the professor, advisor, confidant who could be counted on for advice, answers, counseling, or resolution. Dr. Carroll, we all knew, would be there to offer both moral and substantive support to doctoral students who needed extra help, or to those who were left out or “lost.” For my family, Dr. Carroll’s presence extended well beyond the walls of academia. One of our fondest memories is of a party he and Mrs. Carroll so graciously gave for Moh-Jiun and me, with faculty members and doctoral students, on Dec. 20, 1988. This is a date we recall well not only for the Carrolls’ kindness: two days later, our first child, Andy, was born, and two weeks after that we left College Park for New York and Columbia. The Carrolls’ hospitality is thus remembered as both a baby shower and a birthday. The smallest details of that party are still vivid today, right down to the delicious cucumber sandwiches the Carrolls served with tea, a tradition springing from Dr. Carroll’s Irish heritage and one that we adopted in our own home. Our second child, Abraham, shares Dr. Carroll’s passion for history and film, which has led to many animated conversations in our family over the years. Dr. Carroll’s shared pleasure with our family’s interests and accomplishments was so genuine. In 2010, when I was elected president and fellow of the Academy of Management, I am certain that my lifelong mentor was more pleased than I, and from that year on, Dr. Carroll and I always attended the Fellows dinners together. I could see how happy and proud he was, and to other Fellows he would refer to me as his “Chinese son.” As an educator and a Chinese, I recognized how Dr. Carroll embodied qualities revered in the Eastern tradition. In his caring first for other people, he reflected the ethos at the center of Chinese pedagogy. In China, Confucius is considered to be the “father” of the teaching profession. One of his teachings holds that a student is to be taught regardless of background, ability, or any other consideration. Dr. Carroll embraced this belief joyfully throughout his career. As one who had the honor of serving as his teaching assistant (if regrettably not his classroom student), I admired how he taught everyone from doctoral students to basketball players. He loved his Terps, the University of Maryland athletic teams! Dr. Carroll’s devotion to education was reflected in the high esteem in which he was held within academia—but certainly not only within this domain. He was a true renaissance scholar, well and widely read on so many subjects, and he embraced all that life has to offer. He could converse with ease and grace on any topic, from film and art to politics and, of course, business. Always he was kind and generous, whether with his ideas and time or his companionship. As Mrs. Carroll knows, after my brief conversation with Dr. Carroll in mid-January of this year I sent him a copy of a forthcoming paper (to be published in June), which I inscribed to him: “This paper is dedicated to Dr. Stephen Carroll, Jr., my dissertation co-supervisor, lifelong role model, and ‘American father.’” I hope this dedication adequately reflects the importance to me of our rich, lifelong relationship. Dr. Carroll’s children remember their father as someone who “sought knowledge and understanding” and “admired beauty in works of art and the natural world.” In these few words they captured perfectly this man of boundless spirit and humanity, a true gentleman scholar. It is with the profoundest respect that I offer this testimonial to Dr. Carroll, my beloved “American teacher-father.” To sir, with forever love.
Posted by Rudolph Lamone on 21st February 2018
Steve was a member of a small group of faculty that had been recruited to Maryland in the 60's. A colleague at UNC, Chapel Hill, encouraged me to visit College Park to interview for a faculty position. Steve transcended most of the qualities one would assign to a great scholar, teacher, mentor, and friend. I knew then that I had to be with Steve. He was one of the first faculty members to convince me that I should apply for the deanship when it became available. After quite some time trying to convince faculty that Entrepreneurship was a legitimate field of study. Steve and Ken Smith showed up at my office to say I was right and they would help to create the program. These are simply two examples of ways that Steve influenced my professional career. Steve and I had the good fortune of working on a research and consulting project of several years in Taiwan and Japan. Our wives and Steve's daughter Alissa joined us on one of the trips. In conclusion, I loved Steve and am forever grateful for the joy and friendship we shared over the years,,,,,,I will miss him greatly.......Steve leaves a great legacy for Donna, his wife,and his children,Chris and Alissa. In the historical tapestry of the Smith Business School, Steve Carroll is clearly one of the gold threads.......Rudy Lamone
Posted by Julia Takahashi on 21st February 2018
I didn’t know Steve or your family but wanted to share some words of encouragement. It’s never easy to lose our loved ones. From all your comments it seems that he really applied this scripture in the Bible in Ecclesiastes 7:1 that the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth because of what a person has accomplished. We can take comfort in knowing that in the near future God will fulfill His promise in Revelation 21:3,4 to eliminate death, tears, and pain. Until that time — deep sympathy— Julia
Posted by Michael Ball on 19th February 2018
Almost from the day I started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, I recognized Steve as someone to be admired as both a faculty member and a person. He had a passion for his research, his students and his colleagues. He was a true intellectual and man of the world, being able to engage in intense conversations about his own work, about the work of almost any of his colleagues and even about Maryland basketball. Probably more important was his humanity – he brought the same passion to his personal relationships with students, other faculty and, of course, his family. People say it is hard to find heroes today – Steve was certainly one of mine.
Posted by Marilyn Gist on 18th February 2018
I am truly saddened to learn of Steve's passing. My first memories of him date to 1980 when I took his required course in my MBA program at Maryland. It was there that I learned about Organizational Behavior. I credit Steve Carroll with lighting my passion for that discipline to such an extent that I stayed on for my doctorate there, and have continued to work in this field for 30+ years. Steve was on my dissertation committee and always offered a positive voice of encouragement - both while I was a student and later when I would see him at conferences. A teacher's influence goes far indeed. Yet what I remember most about Steve - and will always cherish - is his great kindness. The world has lost one of the finest people I've known. My heart goes out to his family. As you mourn his passing, please know that his kindness and talents were shared with many others, and that his impact will endure.
Posted by Ming-Jer Chen on 16th February 2018
As a new doctoral student arriving in College Park from Taiwan in the early 1980s, I had the incredibly good fortune, or fate, to be taken under the wing of Dr. Carroll. From that day forward he was to be my inspiring teacher and revered mentor. I came very quickly to think of him as my “American father” for the kindness that he and Mrs. Carroll extended to me, my wife, Moh-Jiun, and eventually my entire family. My academic career would be shaped immeasurably over the next few years by Dr. Carroll as he steered me onto a course quite different from the one on which I had had embarked. Guiding me into strategic management—at the time very much a road less traveled, to borrow from Robert Frost—and “that has made all the difference.” Indeed, it is impossible to imagine how differently my career and my family’s life would have unfolded in the absence of Dr. Carroll’s influence. Long after I left Maryland for teaching posts at Columbia, Wharton, and Darden, his presence loomed large, extending well beyond the academic realm. The light of love the Carrolls shined on us would follow us throughout our life and was reflected in so many occasions and acts of giving, such as the baby shower he and Mrs. Carroll held for our first son, Andy, days before his birth and two weeks before we left College Park for New York and Columbia. Our second child, Abraham, like Dr. Carroll is a history buff and film aficionado, and these two passions were always a source of animated discussion on the too-rare occasions when our families would see each other. Well before I began working on my new research stream of ambiculturalism and East-West integration, I realized that Dr. Carroll embodied the ethos of the Eastern tradition of education: caring for other people first, teaching all, embracing the holistic responsibility of educators to society at large. He was a renaissance scholar, so widely read and versed in so many subjects, and a leading light in business education, but I will always remember him for his full embrace of all that life has to offer. Kind and generous, humane, with a boundless spirit—and a wonderful sense of humor, we all remember—Dr. Carroll will forever be my “American teacher-father.” Ming-Jer Chen
Posted by Robbie Carroll on 16th February 2018
When I see so many brothers and sister who are in constant conflict I am astounded how close my two brothers, Stephen and Creighton, and I have been all our lives. I cannot remember a single time when we were in conflict. We have always enjoyed getting together, especially if the three of us were together, and we would talk non-stop for hours. I think this natural kinship for each other originated with Stephen. As the oldest brother, his natural warm-heartedness and kindness created a relationship between the three us that has lasted a lifetime.
Posted by Judy Olian on 15th February 2018
I am so terribly sad about the loss of Steve. It’s taken me a while to think of how to compose some thoughts -- so many memories come to mind: Steve’s glorious smile, delight in telling stories and hearing them, insatiable curiosity about every topic under the sun, incredible passion for travel everywhere, great zest for life, and the generosity of his beautiful soul. Steve had an enormous impact on my life. From Day 1 when I came to Maryland, he somehow scooped me up and took care of me from the get-go, always with compassion, caring, and deep friendship. I imagine that the same story is repeated by many people because – even though he made me feel very lucky and ‘special’, I was certainly not alone in being so fortunate in having him truly look after me. I have no doubt that the path that my career ultimately took was indelibly impacted because of the interest and imprint of Steve. Of course, we also worked and wrote together, always a thrill because of Steve’s deep intellect. For the years that we were in Maryland, Pete and I felt so fortunate to be part of the Carroll family, and that’s exactly how he and Donna made us feel -- so many meals, holidays, movies together, the most interesting and animated conversations on any topic, he was always keen to learn, yet he knew more than anyone. His loss leaves a huge hole, but I am hoping that Donna, Chris and Alisa are comforted by the fact that he truly lived such a life in full, impacted so many others’ life journey, and is seen as an ideal for all of us. What a phenomenal human being.
Posted by Kevin Clark on 12th February 2018
I came to Maryland to be a doctoral student as Steve was retiring - though as many have suggested Steve was much too active and inquisitive to actually retire. I can best describe Steve's humanity toward students through two interactions. The first occurred during an AoM conference some years after he had retired. A group of MD doctoral students were gathered with Steve at a table in one of the public areas. Steve was clearly enjoying being with us and we with him -- he was so natural that way. The conversation turned to the critical issue of how one could best deal with the frustrating process of publishing in good academic journals. We were talking about the blind review process and whether and to what extent it actually is 'blind'. All of us had experienced the pain of rejection and Steve's comment regarding the all to common but often mis-identified "triple-blind review" which occurs when 1) the author is anonymous to the reviewers, 2) the reviewers are anonymous to the author, and 3) the reviewers don't know what they are talking about immediately made us feel better. After all, if someone as successful as Steve Carroll could empathize about this aspect of our careers, we would all be okay. The second interaction had to do with my job search. Having a young and growing family, I faced geographic constraints but was feeling some pressure to pursue jobs on the list but not consistent with my family's requirements. One school interested in me was Villanova University. I guess Steve heard through the grapevine that I had a offer there and he sought me out to share that he had some early experience with the school and thought I could have a rewarding career there. As in many things, Steve turned out to be right and I owe him a great debt of gratitude for smoothing my path. I'll miss Steve and am a better person for having met him.
Posted by Pat Preston on 12th February 2018
Steve was a wonderful friend to Lee and me, for many years, and a constant support in Lee’s last days. Among the many memories I cherish was traveling in China with Steve in 1985, for several weeks. He would close every evening with a visit to the hotel bar, wherever we were, chatting with new acquaintances and gathering new knowledge. He has never been too busy to lend a helping hand to everyone around him, generous with his time, and radiating good cheer. We have all lost a treasure of a friend! Donna, my thoughts are with you and he whole family. Pat Preston
Posted by Kevin Carroll on 12th February 2018
(This tribute is from my mother Marjorie J. Carroll): I have known Steve many years, as he was the brother of my former husband Creighton. Steve was highly-intelligent and cosmopolitan, and he was a great uncle to my children. Steve will be remembered in our family forever.
Posted by Miriam Erez on 11th February 2018
When I was a doctoral student I learned about Steve Carrol from reading his book with Tosi. Then, I happened to come to MD for my post-doc, and later for my sabbatical, and got to know Steve and to admire him. Steve has always been a great scholar and a very kind and nice person. In our competitive world, these two characteristics do not always go together. Steve and Donna invited my family to our first Thanksgiving dinner in their home, and we felt like we have become part of his family. Since then, I used to meet Steve regularly at the Academy of Management meetings, until recently. I am going to miss him a lot.
Posted by Cynthia Lee on 10th February 2018
I am very fortunate to have Steve as my "American dad." He was my "parent" and teacher in more ways than one. I love his sense of humor and love to listen to his travel stories with Rudy Lamone. I have learned a great deal from Steve and am very thankful for his support and encouragement throughout the years!! I echo Susan that he will be sorely missed!!
Posted by Curt Grimm on 9th February 2018
Three attributes stand out when I think of Steve. First, his generosity. I've heard from others he was generous with money, but I played poker with Steve, and more often than not he took my money. But, much more important, w me he was very generous with his time, from my very first days at MD when he served as a mentor, nonstop for the next 35 years, offering whatever he could do to help on any matter. He was also very generous with his compliments - sincere, articulate, and from a person you respected so much they meant the world. Second, Steve was the most well-rounded person I've ever met. Interests and expertise on so many academic areas (seemed like whatever topic I raised, Steve would refer me to a book he wrote on the subject), and the arts, such as his love for Japanese cinema, but also sports. I enjoyed communing with Steve and Chris at many MD basketball and football games over the years. Third, Steve was just a fun guy to hang out with. Always upbeat, witty, and quick with a story, a joke, or a good conversation. He remains with us from his many lessons on how to live life.
Posted by Ken G. Smith on 9th February 2018
It was January 30, 1983, the night the Washington Redskins earned their first NFL championship in 40 years. It was also my first visit to University of Maryland and the night I enjoyed my first first dinner with Steve and Donna. It was in a Georgetown restaurant where Steve and Donna positioned themselves with their back to the televised Redskin game. Not a word to the game, although we did talk sports, and everything else. At that time, I would not know that the University of Maryland would become my home for 27 years or that Donna and Steve would become lifetime best friends. Today, It is heartbreaking for me to think that I cannot turn to Steve for his guidance, friendship and great humor. If I were in charge of sainthood, surely Steve would be tops on the list. Instead I will remember Steve for the perfect gentleman he was: a man for all seasons, and a inspiration to all others.
Posted by William Nickels on 8th February 2018
Steve and I played poker many a night. He was a good friend and always asked about my son, Joel. We sat together at football games and always supported the Terps. We visited Steve when he was in the hospital and asked for his advice when a young friend got the same disease. We will miss him!
Posted by Quinetta Roberson on 8th February 2018
I had the great fortune of meeting and being taught by Steve while in the doctoral program at Maryland from 1995-1999. He was a true scholar-mentor, who role modeled his passion for the field as well as an sincere interest in developing others. His knowledge, wisdom and guidance shaped who I am professionally today. May he rest in peace and power.
Posted by Henry Tosi on 7th February 2018
I met Steve when we both came to Maryland in 1964. We became close friends and colleagues almost immediately. He was one to envy: tall, attractive, kind, smart, and generous. Our families became close. To me he was a mentor, as well. I lost a friend and will suffer that loss for a long time....
Posted by Harry Sapienza on 6th February 2018
Steve was one of those rare individuals who combined kindness with intelligence, good will, caring, and insight. He was someone I aspired to be like. Whenever he was around, one's spirits were lifted and the world seemed a brighter, happier place. I have enjoyed him for 35 years, and for this I am thankful. A light has gone out. I feel sad for those nearer to him than I because I know what they have lost. May the world find ways to make more Steve Carrolls and may we all smile again as we think of him. Harry Sapienza
Posted by Paul Flynn on 6th February 2018
I and his brother Creighton lived in Los Angles, for 6 months while Stephen was going to college. He was a first class radioman, on a destroyer, and land duty in Ireland. When he came to Boston he always came to see me to talk over old times. A true gentleman. dit dah dit dah dit Navy talk Means that's all for now.
Posted by JOHN HASLEM on 5th February 2018
Posted by Alisa Kinney on 5th February 2018
What I will miss most about my dad is just talking with him. As many of you know, Dad was an amazing conversationalist. Whether on our frequent phone calls, or stopping over for a brief visit, I could always count on great conversation, usually with Mom and Dad on the phone at the same time. I had a feeling of contentment at having someone to talk with about everyday things and world events. I loved sharing stories about my kids, learning about great television programs and movies that he and Mom recommended, discussing recipes, and gaining his perspective on world events and humanity in general. He was one of the only people I would ever speak about politics with because he was so rational, understanding, and wise. I would evaluate my own thoughts and ideas by speaking with Dad, and he made me feel that I had wisdom and perspective as well. We all loved his many stories that he shared, especially when he would get extra animated and jovial with his broad smile and a twinkle in his eyes. I aspire to be the kind of parent, spouse, friend, colleague, and human that my Dad was. Forever missed, forever loved, and forever a part of all of us.
Posted by M. Susan Taylor on 5th February 2018
I met Steve several years ago when joining the Smith School. He was an amazing scholar, always inquisitive, an incredible sense of humor, a great story teller and a Gentleman who always, always looked after others. My heart goes out to his family, Donna, Alisa and Chris. He will be Sorely Missed.
Posted by John Slocum on 5th February 2018
I first met Steve when I went to Penn State in 1967. He was at Maryland and offered some wonderful comments on a paper I presented at AOM and introduced me to Jack Miner. Steve was very gracious with his time and help. He and Tosi began collaborating and writing textbooks about the same time as Hellriegel and I. It turned out to be a friendly rivalry that last for decades. We spent one long week together in Taiwan and Steve showed me around the city. It was terrific and I remember going to the Chiang Kai-Shek museum and seeing all the gold he took from China. Steve was a true gentlemen and scholar. The AOM was a better organization because of his contributions.
Posted by Daved Barry on 5th February 2018
I'd like to recount a 'teaching moment' that Steve passed on to me, shortly after I graduated from the University of Maryland. We were at the Smithsonian discussing aesthetics, and he was reflecting on his early career choices in academia. It went something like this: "Several of us from the U. of Minnesota had defended our PhDs and were celebrating at a bar. Someone asked what our plans were. One guy said, "I plan to pursue fame," and indeed he's now one of the most published guys I know. Another said he planned to get rich, and he's also done quite well. When it came my turn, I answered "I will pursue beauty." Well, you can imagine how everyone's jaws dropped, especially during those days of science. When asked about it, I replied, "Beauty is everywhere if you know how to look. The more you look, the more you find and the more you get back; it's remarkable that way. Once you have it, you always have it; no one can take it away from you. And it grows within and around you if you encourage it. So that's why I will pursue beauty." That's what I've been doing ever since, and so far it's turned out great." That conversation has affected so many of my life choices, and I know that Steve has also touched thousands this way, whether through his teaching, writing, or his extensive service in and out of academia. I will miss him greatly, but I know his voice will be with me for a long time to come.
Posted by Paul Miller on 5th February 2018
From Josette Paul, Paul and Jonathan Miller From Josette: "All by myself I think of you and all the things we used to do. All the things we used to say and how we spent each happy day. Sometimes I sigh, sometimes I smile and I keep each olden golden while all to myself." Josette From Paul: We were so very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing but rejoice in a life so well lived. We have been blessed for Steve to have been part of our family’s life ever since I can remember. He and Donna were friends of my parents since their days in Philadelphia where my father was completing his PhD and I was born. Since then, we would be sure to see Steve and Donna at least every few years no matter where we all were on the planet. After my father died when I was little, Steve became one of the few people who knew my father well and would often take the time to tell me stories about my father to help keep his memory alive for my brother and me. As we all know, Steve had lively and creative mind, with always something interesting to say on any given topic and importantly equally interested in what others had to say about the world around them. There was nothing to compare to settling down into a chair or perched on a bar stool to have a good chat about any number of topics. In addition, Steve would often send me articles, newspapers clippings and links on subjects that he thought might interest me. Most often on film, a subject we both loved - especially how film’s emotional quality can be used to help make the world a more informed and better place. Steve also shared papers and books he had written in which he used film and film references to discuss management theory and practice. I shall miss Steve greatly but celebrate a great, kind and inspiring man and a wonderful life. Love Paul From Jonathan: Above, my brother Paul expressed very well, all our family's thoughts and feelings. He was one of the last links to our past and we will miss knowing he is around and hearing his stories. I would like to add just one small story about one of those serendipitous coincidences that happen in life sometimes. Just last week, January 30th to be exact, the day of Steve’s passing, I was moving and sorting out the books at home for some badly needed new bookshelves and I came across one for Steve’s books he had given me which had been sitting, unseen, in a box for many many years. I got it out and paged through it for some time and then put it on the new shelves thinking ‘wouldn't it be great to speak with him again”.
Posted by Na Fu on 5th February 2018
I met Steve when he visited Dublin City University in Ireland. He kindly shared his expertise with a number of PhD students including myself. He was a highly respected scholar and such a wonderful person. May him rest in peace.
Posted by Adrienne Cannon on 4th February 2018
The Cannon and the Carroll families have been friends since the 60's We remember the many outings and dinner parties in which Steve would tell us great stories from his research into interesting topics. He was funny, detailed, accurate and fascinating to listen to.
Posted by Lawrence (Larry_ Gordon on 3rd February 2018
Steve was the epitome of what I think about whenever hearing the phrase "Gentleman and Scholar.!" My life was greatly enriched by having Steve as a colleague at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business. Steve, you will be missed! Larry Gordon
Posted by Myeong-Gu Seo on 3rd February 2018
Steve had already retired when I first joined UMD in 2003 as an assistant professor. But, for the last 14 years, Steve has been such a wonderful, warm, nice, and supportive colleagues to me. I often stopped by my office and asked me about my research and my life. I will certainly miss him but his warmth may stay with me throughout my life at UMD.
Posted by Alex Triantis on 3rd February 2018
Steve was the ultimate scholar and gentleman. He was a great colleague, always respectful and kind. He took the time to get to know the new faculty regardless of whether they were in his department or not. It was always great to see his welcoming smile and hear his warm greetings every time you would pass him in the hallways. He was a devout Maryland fan, and cared deeply about the institution. Steve was a great role model for the younger faculty as we became part of the Smith School family, setting the standard for what it means to be a scholar, teacher, and citizen. We will all miss him.
Posted by Kay Bartol on 3rd February 2018
Steve was instrumental in bringing me to UMaryland and I will forever feel grateful and fortunate. Marty Gannon and Ed Locke were also part of the welcoming group. As there were few women on the business school faculty at the time, there was much humor about who would open the door for whom and who would make coffee when, etc. I certainly felt supported, which was fairly rare at the time. Steve had been doing some great research with Black and Decker, McCormick and others. He was publishing this work in top journals. So junior faculty had some great footsteps to follow, but also some pretty big shoes to try to emulate. Steve was always willing to talk about research, read papers, offer ideas, etc. He continued to work on research after he “retired” from his faculty position and became Professor Emeritus. We were overjoyed when he was chosen for the Heneman Award for Lifetime Scholarly Research in Human Resource Management from the Academy of Management in 2010. It was so well deserved! Steve was a go-to person if you had a problem. You could count on a sympathetic ear and an effort to help. He was a lot of fun, too. For years, my husband and I have had Maryland football seats next to Steve and his family (of course, excellent seats obtained with Steve’s help). In the Xfinity Center, our basketball seats were in the same vicinity as Steve’s as well. Steve was a consummate fan of all things UMaryland, including sports. He had great stories to tell related to his many travels as a visiting faculty member, especially to Japan, Taiwan, and Ireland. He was a true Renaissance scholar. I will be forever grateful to have known Steve and for his many positive influences on my life. Steve was one of the prime originators of the collegial, supportive, and highly research-oriented climate that we enjoy in the Management and Organization department. He was a great scholar, teacher, and colleague. He leaves behind an amazing legacy that we in M&O have the privilege and challenge to continue to carry forward. He will certainly be missed.
Posted by Anil Gupta on 3rd February 2018
I came to know Steve when I joined the UMD faculty in 1986. My family and I had many meals together with Steve and Donna. We cherished them. Steve had a very kind soul and was always very generous. He and I also coauthored a paper (along with one of our PhD students). I'll miss his company, his laugh, and his generosity. May he rest in peace....Anil Gupta
Posted by Bill Carroll on 3rd February 2018
R.I.P. to my uncle Steve, I will miss his wonderful stories of of the places that he'd been. He was a master storyteller in the Irish tradition with a sharp wit. He would put you right there in the story. He was a great uncle to have throughout my life and my life was richer for it. His honesty and integrity set a high bar on the conduct of his life. The world will miss him. Bill Carroll
Posted by Pat Kinney on 3rd February 2018
Our son Scott Kinney married Alisa (with Steve’s blessing) 25 years ago and thus, we were the benefactors of getting to know Steve and Donna. We loved getting together with them for family events when we soon learned that Steve could speak about any topic in the world and, at great length. He was brilliant we learned and humble as well. He had an eagerness about him to teach, to share his knowledge. We loved those get-togethers filled with talk of this and that and always, lots of laughter. Steve was a beloved father to Alisa and Chris, the ultimate father-in-law to Scott and Hilary, fun loving granddad to Paige, Andie, and Andrew, loving husband to Donna, and wonderful friend to us. We miss him already and we send love and prayers to his precious family. Love, Pat and Brian
Posted by Kevin Carroll on 3rd February 2018
I (as well as Sally & Tyler) will forever remember and cherish the memories of Uncle Steven (and Aunt Donna's) welcoming and generous hospitality, and their interesting, educational, fun, meaningful, uplifting, reassuring & inspiring discussions,visiting museums & tourist sites, and building a personally enriching and rewarding life-long connection with him. Throughout the years, I was very fortunate to have spent some precious quality time with Uncle Steven, Dinners at Grammy Helene's house whenever Uncle Steven came to visit, attending trade shows in the DC / VA area for a former company several years ago, visiting MD / VA while on vacation, etc. To me, Uncle Steven's legacy is best portrayed in the 1st stanza of an Emily Dickinson Poem: "Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me – The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality." As for me, and I am sure, for all that knew Steven, he leaves us fond memories of joy, hope and inspiration, that we will all treasure for the rest of out lives! Kevin Carroll
Posted by John Carroll on 2nd February 2018
My contact with my uncle had been sparse over the years but I do remember the one time I got to speak to him extensively was after the funeral of his mother Helene in 2008. He and I went out to an Irish place just down the street from Helene’s home for breakfast before I had to fly back to Arizona and spent a few hours with him. I was amazed at his intellect, experiences, wisdom and how much his former students loved and admired him. May he rest in peace. John Carroll

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