Evelyn (Casey) Steen|
Evelyn (Casey) Steen passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Known as "Casey" to family and friends, she was born July 8, 1912 in Wheeling, WV, the daughter of Evelyn Fleahmann and Judge William Burns Casey. She was 100 years young! She was predeceased by her beloved husband and best friend, Jack Steen, and her siblings: Bill, Betty, June, Gwendolyn, John, Pat, Mary, and Clyde.
Casey graduated from Triadel-phia High School in 1930 and from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing (Pittsburgh) in 1933. She did post
graduate work in pediatrics at Ohio State University in 1934, returning to Ohio Valley General Hospital's maternity division and to marry her high school sweetheart, Jack, in 1936, a relationship that endured for 55 years.
At the encouragement of friends, Casey and Jack moved to Seattle soon after marriage, he to ultimately work and retire from Paccar and she to remain in a variety of nursing positions until her retirement in 1978. Their honeymoon was a month-long bus trip from Wheeling to Seattle, spending each night in a different location, except for spending two weeks in Chicago, where, Casey remembered fondly, "we danced each night at the Trianon Ballroom," considered to be the most beautiful ballroom in the World.
Noteworthy amongst Casey's nursing positions were her stints during World War II with Boeing, her work at the University of Washington Anatomy and Physiology Departments, and her final and favorite position at Health Sciences at the University of Washington, where she participated in cardiology research, preparing operating rooms for surgery, and witnessing the first use of a Swan Ganz catheter during treadmill tests.
When Jack was declared legally blind in his 40's, Casey spent countless hours reading financial publications and annual reports to him, thus allowing Jack to participate in his greatest passion, investing. Upon his death in 1991, Casey took to investing, and her financial wherewithal allowed her to significantly contribute to foundations for the blind and to ultimately make a difference in several other areas of interest:
Sigma Nu Educational Foundation
Evelyn Casey Steen Nursing Scholarship Foundation,
John and Evelyn Steen Professorship of Economics, Bethany College
Casey was a complicated personality, always direct and questioning, always well read, aware, and ready to debate. She did not suffer well those who displayed extravagance nor lived beyond their means. If you had the time, Casey would hold forth on her right wing views, her firsthand accounts of the Depression and World War II, her thoughts on the newest heart or eye procedure, and what she'd seen in "small start-ups" like Microsoft and Intel. Then she'd offer to buy you a cocktail and steak at The Brooklyn or The Metropolitan.
She will be at Altmeyer Funeral Home in Wheeling, West Virginia. Visitation on Tuesday and Mass and burial on Wednesday April 3, 2013.
Remembrances in Casey's name may be made to The American Foundation for the Blind.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2013