Steiner, Frederick "Fred" Karl Jr.
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86, most recently of Westlake Village, California passed away on December 27, 2013. Fred was born in Prescott, Arizona on March 10, 1927, and moved to Phoenix with his family when he was 2. He attended North High School, and then served in the US Air Force in WWII, stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany from 1945-47. He attended Stanford University on scholarship after winning a national essay contest sponsored by Pepsi-Cola. While in college, he met his future wife of 51 years, Jacqueline Yelland Steiner, and continued on to graduate from Stanford Law School in 1952. He married in 1952 and returned to Phoenix, beginning a lifetime career with the law firm of Snell and Wilmer, semi-retiring in 1995 as a Senior Active Capital Partner. He continued to work in private practice, was an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and helped many people and organizations, including Girl Scouts of Arizona, on a pro bono basis for the rest of his life.
In addition to practicing law, Fred was an avid jogger, tennis player, bridge player, poet and volunteer. He was a familiar sight around the neighborhood for many years, collecting trash as he went on his daily run. He enjoyed weekly tennis and bridge at the Paradise Valley Country Club. He wrote hundreds of poems for family and friends, publishing two books of his poetry. His annual Christmas card poem was eagerly anticipated by his many friends and family. A favorite project of his was his book "No Lane Like Sherran Lane", which he wrote and published in 2007. In 1982, he returned to school and received his M.F.A. in poetry from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Passionate about giving back, Fred was a strong advocate for children, serving on the Board of Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK Arizona) from 1988-92. He donated his time and expertise to help with many adoptions, after adopting his own three children. He was a founding board member of Crisis Nursery, helping families and children in need, from its inception in 1976, and served as president from 1983-1984. Fred loved ballet and the arts, serving on the board of Arizona Ballet Theater from 1973-75. He served as president of Phoenix Little Theater from 1960-62. A past president of Phoenix Rotary Club 100, he was very active in community service. He was a board member of Epi-Hab Phoenix Inc., a non-profit company founded by local business and medical professionals to provide jobs for people with epilepsy, from its inception in 1958. He served as president of Epi-Hab from 1960-62. These are just a sampling of the many ways in which he donated his time to help others. He will be terribly missed. Fred was the widower of Jacqueline Yelland Steiner and is survived by his three children; Rick Steiner of Prescott, Arizona, Kathi Koenig of Westlake Village, California, and Ann Green of Eugene, Oregon, and six grandchildren, as well as three nephews, two nieces and their families. A memorial service and celebration of Fred's life will be held in early spring in the Phoenix area, with details to be announced in the near future.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 21, 2014