Steve was a student of mine at San Lorenzo High School. I am very sorry to hear of his untimely passing; may your loving memories of him sustain you through out this time.
I was in Steve's first class in 1974 and by the time I graduated, he was my mentor and was instrumental in both my outlook on the environment and my life's work. It was through work as Steve's field assistant that I was able to become a Farallons biologist, a job he offered me not because I was the best candidate for his work but as a leg up and into my dream job. That act of kindness ultimately changed my life's direction. Without that open door I would have never had the opportunity. We remained in touch over the years and he was the first person I wrote when I became the manager of the group responsible for creating NIKE's sustainability metrics vowing to carry two of his core teachings into that work: "Its all about water & revolution from within". All these years later Steve has remained a touchstone and the most important influence in my education. It was only last night when I was looking for his home address online for a surprise visit that I learned of this tragedy. My heart goes out to you. I loved the guy.
I was a student of Steve's in the mid '80s. Was shocked to read this when I did a search of his name. I wrote his and other ENSP profs quotes in a notebook, and I still quote him. A funny guy. Will never forget him. Best wishes.
I knew Steve and Marthe thru our time dancing together in Marilyn's Folk Dance class at SRJC. Steve was a warm and humble man who never spoke of his accomplishments, many of which I learned about by reading the words of others here. We will miss Steve very much and our hearts go out to Marthe and his family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and we hope that when you are feeling up to it Marthe, you will come back and dance with us again. Until then, please accept our sincerest condolences and love...
Dear Norwick family,
I just heard yesterday about your tragic and untimely loss of Steve. I had the pleasure to study under his tutaledge from 1978-1980 as an undergrad at SSU. He was a pleasure of a man to learn from, with his boundless enthusiasm and good nature. I occassionaly maintained contact with him over the years, one of the only profs I've ever done this with.
My heart reaches out to all of you. I hope you can attain some solace from the fact that over here he is remembered and highly thought of.
My deepest sympathies to you all.
Ye'che zichro baruch - blesswed be his memory.
I knew Steve and you through his beloved father, Sydney, my own father's(Eddie Cohn)close friend. I remember visiting all of you a good while back, and how we enjoyed sushi you made and seeing the special art works in your home. Sydney was so proud of Steven and you! You are in my prayers and heart.
Dear "Steve" family,
I send my deepest prayers to you during this difficult time. I was a returning student who Steve mentored through the Environmental Studies program. He was so kind and compassionate. He had me bring my young daughters to a night class so that I could attend a needed class. Many of us felt that the kind of learning we gained as a result of Steve's classes were what every citizen should know to make informed decisions. Once I received my teaching credential, I would still visit Steve to brainstorm earth study lessons for my students, really just a reason to stay in his orbit. As the years have gone by since Steve's classes, I thank Steve for so many valuable lessons.
Steve was the best teacher and college friend ever. Once when I felt guilty about using my car too much, he reminded me that it's ok because my work could far compensate for the damage. Still, I never make useless trips, and think of him everytime I "run around". Carolyn Dixon
Marthe I'm thinking of you every day and sending love to you and to your husband Steven. Susan Niebling, Abbot '62
Marthe, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I hold you close in my prayers.
Steve was one of the best teachers I had in college, I am so sorry I did not keep in touch. The ENSP Core group (1979) changed my view on the world, how everything is intertwined, and how we can be better stewards of the earth in everything we do. I know he touched so many people with his passion for learning.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family with this great loss to all of us.
My deepest sympathies. Words are inadequate to express my gratitude for having known Steve.
I met Steve when he called me one morning. He was viewing tektite collections in Texas and he asked to come and view mine. We met, looked at tektites and talked for a couple of hours- it was as if we were old friends.
I would see him again twice in California. One trip with my family to Healdsburg to collect strange glass and another to vacation in the city.
In both instances Steve took a large part of his day to tour us around and give us profound insight into things we might come across on our travels. Few could match his in-depth understanding of the nature and history of what we would encounter and combine it with his warm and sincere gentle nature. Thank you Steve for being my friend.
I too am so saddened and horrified by your husband's death. How terrible to lose what must have been a wonderful man. I will pick up trash in his honor, as others have said they would do.
Abby von der Heyde Summersgill (Abbot '62)
Steve was a kind, funny, and illuminating man on the many Coastwalk hikes I was privileged to share with him. He sparked my interest in geology and added to my knowledge of environmental issues and ways of gentle living. I honor him,his family, and will miss his presence in our community very much.
Everyone of our 1962 classmates at Abbot this past week would have wanted to be with you on Sunday to tell you how much we are saddened by the crushing loss of your Steve in this tragedy. He has been acknowledged as an extraordinary being.Celebrate his life whenever and wherever you can and we will share in that celebration with you.
Marthe, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in your and your family's time of great sorrow. While at Abbot last weekend, I heard of the accident. I am sending you and your family love to add to that of others in hopes it will give you strength to bear your loss.
While I never knew any of your family, except Marthe (at Abbot), I was touched by the tribute about remembering him in small acts of courtesy and kindness. I will do that - often. He must have been a wonderful man, and Marthe I am glad you had him in your life.
What a terrible tragedy. I did not know Steve, but I was so hoping to reconnect with you in Andover on June 10, and relive our school days. I grieve for you and your family at this time. Please know that I am not far away, both in space and time. Much love, Susan Mallory (Dunn)
I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was a wonderful, positive and inspirational person to be around who motivated many people. I enjoyed many classes with him at Sonoma State. When I returned from the Peace Corps after graduating with disillusions of my "work", he was one of the few professors there who took the time to sit down with me and have a drink and talk me back into returning and doing the best I could with some great ideas. He wasn't just an inspirational professor, but my friend. He really took time to spend with people. His presence and can-do attitude was contagious. I am just so thankful that I had the opportunity in my life to have shared even just a little bit of time with him during his life. Thank you professor Norwick for all that you have contributed. Thank you for caring for so many people and for the world around us. The world is a MUCH better place because of you!
It is hard to lose such a good friend and esteemed colleague. Steve is more than worthy of all the fine things that are being said about him. I will remember his happy expression and inquisitive mind which I associate with so many experiences we shared over the 28 years we worked together. Let us all focus on the brightness he brought to our lives. Jim S.
Professor Norwick: I never met you personally, but you inspired so many of my friends and classmates. We lived close to one another, and I would see you all the time on your bicycle riding to and from campus, or down Petaluma Hill Road. In the last few weeks, many conversations about you have been had -- amongst my friends, former students, casual acquaintances -- and from what I can gather, you were an extraordinary soul who will be inexpressibly missed. Thank you for inspiring so many.
We were honored to have the benefit of loving him. 0x, Nonni
Steve Norwick was a truly great man. The things he taught me as student, I now teach to my son. He will be missed greatly by me. My deepest sympathy goes to Norwick family.
I was a 2007 graduate of Steve's Water Quality program. Steve inspired me to be a water and wastewater operator and to work in the water industry. He has helped me develop a passion for what I do and has been a major influence on my life. I spoke to his Environmental Compliance class in December 2011 to share some possibilities for work after graduation to the next generation of operators. He has touched so many lives and I know his teachings will continue on in the people who he's influenced. You are very much loved Steve, you'll be sorely missed but never forgotten.
I was deeply saddened to hear about Steve's passing my years at SSU in the ENSP program in the early 90's, where guided by his ability to teach and mentor. I will always remember the many way's he helped me navigate through collage life and the small village that was SSU at that time. I learned many life lessons from him and will always remember him. My Deepest condolences go out to his family. Steve was one of those rare people who lived what they taught and taught what they lived.
Although I didn't know Steve personally, he often rode past my house and always had a friendly hello to share.
May you Ride In Peace, Steve. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Norwick family, may you find comfort in knowing how well loved and admired Steve was. He left his imprint on all who knew him...family, friends, colleagues, students. How fortunate we all are. Steve, you will truly be missed.
Just before this happened I was thinking I needed to contact him to tell him about a school garden project. He was my professor in the late 90s and his words of encouragement did a lot to shape my life. Everything from warnings not to buy a house built on top of serpentine to be part of the solution, not part of the problem have gone through my head often for the past 15 years. This past week I attended a week-long intensive for gardening teachers and we spent two days learning about soils. During these two days Dr. Norman Arancon equated soil chemistry to love. I remember Dr. Norwick telling us to do what we love, the money will come. My life and I'm sure the lives of many are much richer thanks to him. Even though I haven't seen him for many years, I'll miss him.
Steve always had a smile for me. I was in awe of him when I saw him on his bike. He lived what he taught. His life was a mitzvah. Deepest condolences.
I am very sad that Steve is gone from this world. One thing I can do is to remember what a good, inventive, and gentle man he was - I'm sure the water quality in heaven will be much improved now! ;) - and the BEST thing I can do is to learn as well as I can from Steve to be as principled and kind and forgiving as he was. May his spirit live on!
I know I am a better person because Steve was my teacher, mentor, and friend. He was great person, compassionate, warm, funny, intelligent, and above all the best example on how you can live a right life. His physical presence will be missed, but he remains will all of us.
To the Norwich Family, Steve was a bright light during my time in ENSP at SSU. He always had time for you even if you were not in one of his classes. My heart and prayers go out to you at this time.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
May God heal your hearts with his swiftness and completness.
I graduated in the Environmental Studies class of 2000. Steve is the professor I remember most because he was the most engaging of them. Not only was he always available for an informal chat or an in-depth discussion on geology and soil science, but I loved him for practicing what he preached. While others talked about being more environmentally minded and eco-friendly, Steve lived it. I attribute part of my determination to become an NPS park ranger to Steve Norwick and his encouragement to pursue my dreams.
Steve was a mentor and teacher to both my husband and I in the late 1970's. He made everything wonderful seem possible. 30 years later he helped out daughter navigate her freshman year at SSU. We have lost a remarkable human being. Deepest sympathy to his family. He talked about them so much you felt as if you knew them.
I will remember Steve as my environmental studies professor, for his love of life and the passion he expressed for learning. But my fondest memories will be when we'd "bump into each other" in local places where he would always give me a hug and kiss.
I will miss you, Steve. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family.
Steve was my most memorable teacher at SSU and was a mentor and friend to our whole family in the years since. The world has lost a wonderful person and great teacher.
As a former student of Steve's, I am deeply saddened at his passing. He was truly an amazing professor, mentor, and friend. His passion for geology and environmental studies showed through his work and his teachings. My deepest condolences go out to his family.
We will all miss you Steve.
Dear Norwick family I am so sorry for your loss. I had Steve as a teacher when I went through SSU. He truly loved teaching, his students and exploring the world. I will always remember his smile, exploring Crane Creek, and seeing him peddling away on his bike enjoying the world come rain or shine.