1927 - 2014
Stephen Simmons Halsey, President Emeritus of the American Express Foundation, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2014, at the age of 86, after a valiant battle with bone cancer.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, Steve graduated from Princeton University in 1950 and began his career with the American Express Company, rising to Senior Vice President of Travel Services and Public Affairs, and becoming President of the American Express Foundation, which funded conservation and restoration projects of cultural importance around the world. He lived and worked in Washington DC, New York City, France, and Hong Kong, and retired to Hawaii before settling in Portland, Oregon.
An expert in cultural and heritage tourism, Steve was passionately committed to the ecological preservation of landmarks, historic sites, and communities, as well as being was a leading advocate for tourism that broadened visitors' cultural understanding of the world while preserving unique features of sites and places. For his contributions to the cultural life of New York City, Steve was named a "Living Treasure" by View from the Torch, an organization devoted to promoting New York's cultural, ethnic, and artistic diversity.
Stephen is survived by his wife Louise, daughter Alexandra of Seattle WA, son Nicholas of Menlo Park CA, six grandchildren, and his brother Courtlandt of Pawcatuck CT.
Published in The New York Times from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2014