Steve was a wonderful blend of supremely intelligent scientist, passionate advocate of quality, incredibly friendly in all interactions and a gentleman, a true mans man. My sincerest condolences and best wishes to his family in this trying time. God bless you Steve.
Dear Nina, Justin, and Shane,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I had the privilege of working in the same lab as Steve in grad school in Austin, TX. He was so smart, so generous with his time, and simply joyful to be around. I remember how much he would light up when he would talk about playing volleyball with Nina; he was so in love!
Often before conferences, everyone would be working in the lab until the wee hours of the morning; normally people would get tired and a maybe a little discouraged, but not when Steve was there. He always kept the place lively with his antics and his smile. And the comment about his consumption of chocolate is totally true! He used to keep a drawer full of chocolate bars because sometimes he'd be so busy working that he'd forget to eat. (I was always amazed he could stay so skinny!) Anyway, one day our professor discovered that Steve had chocolate in his desk and got into the habit of helping himself. It wasn't long before Steve caught him and gave him the moniker "Snicker-butt". Thankfully our professor had a great sense of humor and loved Steve, too, even when Steve photoshopped his head coming out of a cartoon mass spectrometer. That photo stayed up on the lab door for years to follow. Steve was a wonderful man, scientist, and friend, and I am sure he loved you all dearly. My heart and my prayers go out to you.
Vicki Campbell (Katy, TX)
My heart goes out to Steve's family and friends. He will be dearly missed.
Steve and I met in 1999 to collaborate on a project that required his expertise in mass spectrometry. His enthusiasm for this science and his inclusive and encouraging attitude was key in my decision to change gears and dive into mass spec full time. He was an unusual mix of high professional/scientific success and humility. A great example and a mentor.
Although I never met his family, from the day we met until the last time we spoke, every time I saw him at a conference he would mention his wife and sons with a big smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. He was an inspiration and always will be.
May he rest in peace.
Very Sad day for me.
What a loss to the family and community?
Very intelligent and enterpreneur guy and was very inspirational.
Ravinder Singh Mayo Clinic
My sincerest condolences to Steve's Family. Steve was an exceptional colleague and a brilliant scientist. He will be sorely missed.