Hathaway, W. Stephen, 68, professor emeritus at Wichita State University, passed gently at his daughter's home in Maine on December 26, 2013. A beloved English professor, committed Democrat, and enthusiastic outdoorsman, Steve touched many lives as a teacher, mentor and friend. Raised in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Steve attended Michigan State University and served in the Peace Corps in Trinidad and as a translator in Vietnam before earning his MFA at Bowling Green State University. Steve taught at WSU from 1974 until 2012, when he retired to Maine to be near his family. His infectious chuckle, colorful language, and generous heart will be greatly missed. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Hathaway, his son-in-law Karl Schatz, his granddaughters Charlotte, Beatrice and Sadie Schatz, his former wife Jeanine Hathaway, and two sisters, Susan Cendrowski and Connie Bishop. At his request, there will be no funeral, but a Festival of Steve is planned for June. Donations in his name can be made to KMUW and to Levey Day School in Portland, Maine. Share memories at www.tenapplefarm.com.
Published in The Wichita Eagle on Jan. 1, 2014