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Passed away peacefully on May 27, 2013 from complications of melanoma at age 64. He died at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and received both his undergraduate degree and PhD from Cornell University. He began his career as a professor of economics at SUNY Buffalo where he met his wife Florence Rouzier. They moved to Pittsburgh in 1980 after he accepted a teaching position at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). His commitment to teaching was legendary. Steven never missed a day of teaching in nearly 40 years as a professor. His introductory economics course at CMU was affectionately dubbed "Kleppernomics." He was a decorated teacher, receiving numerous distinguished teaching awards during his tenure at CMU. He authored over 100 peer reviewed articles and these articles have generated over 10,000 citations. He was the recipient of several prestigious career awards, including the Schumpeter Prize (2002), Arthur Arton Hammerschlag Chaired Professorship of Economics and Social Sciences (2003), an honorary PhD from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany (2008), and the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research awarded in Stockholm, Sweden (2011). Steven was a founding member of the Consortium for Competitiveness and Collaboration. His spearheading of this doctoral consortium 20 years ago spawned a cluster of thought leaders, representing a vibrant community of scholars in innovation and entrepreneurship. Steven was known for his biting humor and for being a fierce competitor on and off the tennis court. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Florence Rouzier; son, Julian; daughter, Arielle; brother, James; uncle, Herbert; and cherished mother-in-law, Betty. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at the Homewood Cemetery, 1599 South Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Visitations will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; funeral services will begin at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crossroads Foundation, 2915 Webster Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Arrangements by RAPP FUNERAL HOME, 412-241-5415.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 29, 2013
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