Professor Carroll
Stephen J Carroll
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 22, 1930
  • Place of birth:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 30, 2018
  • Place of passing:
    Virginia, United States
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day. - James Joyce

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/ 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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!!"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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!"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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...."

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added by JOHN HASLEM on 5th February 2018

"STEVE WAS THE ONE STAR EVERYONE ON THE FACULTY LIKED AND RESPECTED. WE SHARED AN INTEREST IN TERPS SPORTS. SPORTS MINDED FACULTY ALWAYS ATTENDED HIS SUPER BOWL PARTIES, ESPECIALLY IF THE REDSKINS PLAYED. WE ENJOYED WATCHING THE LACROSSE GAMES, AND MORE. AND HIS COLLEAGUES REMEMBER, STEVE'S DESK WAS ALWAYS PILED HIGH WITH BOOKS, FOLDERS, PAPERS, AND MORE. THE COLLEGE SECRETARY EVEN TOLD STEVE SHE WOULD GET A NEW DESK FOR HIM IF HE WOULD CLEAN THINGS UP. BUT, NO, HE KNEW WHERE EVERYTHING WAS AND REFUSED THE OFFER. NOW, THAT'S A TRUE PROFESSOR! AND SO HE WAS. AND A PAL TO THE END. JANE ALWAYS SAID STEVE WAS A WONDERFUL SOUL AND WILL MISS HIS KIND WORDS AND ADVICE.  JACK"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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”."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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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