Stephen Moncada Street died August 17, in Buffalo, New York, after a valiant fight against melanoma. He was born November 17, 1955, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He spent all of his public school years in Beloit, graduating from Beloit Memorial High School. He graduated from Beloit College in 1977, having done a year of his college career at the University of Rouen, in Rouen, France. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at the University of Arkansas. Over the years Steve taught English and literature at several universities in the country and for four years at the American University of Cairo, Egypt. Until his death, he was adjunct professor of English composition at the State University of Buffalo, where he was a delegate to United University Professions, a union that represents academic employees at the State University of New York.
In addition to teaching, his passion was writing. Some of his short stories were published in The Missouri Review, The Cimarron Review, and Palabra, an American review for Latino art and literature. He wrote book reviews for various literary publications. He also wrote a series of articles advocating fairer work conditions and pay for adjunct professors that were published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Steve was an active volunteer worker and advocate for the underprivileged. He spoke French and Spanish and helped French-speaking immigrants from Africa navigate the intricacies of aid for immigrants. He did volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and participated in bicycle rides for the benefit of Roswell Park Cancer Center, Parkinson's research, and other charitable organizations.
He was predeceased by his paternal and maternal grandparents, and his mother, Sonia Street. His survivors will remember him lovingly and with great admiration for his life, his good deeds and his high humor: his father, Jack Street, his brother and sister-in-law, Mark Street and Lynne Sachs, his nieces Maya and Noa Street-Sachs, his aunt, Corinna Moncada, and cousins in this country and Nicaragua.
No funeral arrangements have been announced.
In lieu of flowers those so inclined are invited to contribute to their favorite charity or Beloit College, in Steve's memory.