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July 26, 2018
The best teacher I ever had

Tim Bergin - Key West, FL
December 11, 2017
John taught Statics in the early 60s by the time we got out the subject was second nature..GREAT teacher
December 03, 2017
John was such a presence at F&W and my memories of him are from my years at the Farm...his light will endure in all those he touched...how wonderful that he got to live such a long and fulfilling life.
November 18, 2017
John was my boss during the summer of 1959 at the Farm and Wilderness Camps in Plymouth, Vermont. He hired me as the first-ever female tool-room "boy." In terms of "women's liberation," I have to say that John was admirably ahead of his time. He had confidence that I could learn to sharpen saws and hang axes. I found that (with John's good-humored and generous instruction) I could, indeed, do those things. Not a bad way to give a young girl a confident start in life. For that confidence (and also for a terrific summer with a terrific group of people), I am grateful to him.
November 16, 2017
Professor Stevens was one of the most influential teachers at UM. He instilled in me a lifelong interest in soil mechanics. I worked harder in some ways for the geotechnics course than anything else in college. But his testing methods for soils and his wry sense of humor were what won me over. In soils you had to prove levels of proficiency in each of several areas in order to pass the course. Going into the final exam, if you had already proved proficiency in an area, the associated problem for that area was not a required problem. This provided quite an incentive to know your stuff on all of the preceding tests as, if you went into the final with too many areas your were bound to see him next semester. His office was always open for questions, comments, to extend friendship, you name it. I cherish my time in his classes and those times that I met with him to go over current studies. I regret that I did not share with him some of the stories that I had related to soils and foundation improvements that I encountered in my career. It's funny, but I still have my geotechnics notebook. I thought of him often. May his memory be for a blessing.
October 24, 2017
May your hold dear the memories of John and may they bring a smile to your face. Hoping the one true God brings you comfort and hope to your heart. Matthew 5:4
October 23, 2017
John was always so good to us.We always looked forward to seeing him each summer. Our kids always looked forward to listening to him.We got to see him every summer for 27 yrs.He allow us to buy my grandfather house and some land from him. We will always have fond memories of him. We were care takers of property.And we will dearly miss him
October 23, 2017
John holds a warm spot in my heart for all he gave us at IB.
October 22, 2017
John Stevens is my uncle and he was a very kind uncle at that. I remember, as a child, when he and my aunt, Gwlady, were getting divorced, I cried because I thought I wouldn't see him again. But I did! He was a light to the world, always had interesting stories and anecdotes, and always looked for the moral high ground.
Thank you for letting me get to know you, John! You were good for the world!
October 22, 2017
As a kid growing up I spent a lot of time on johns property and enjoying his place. I would like to say thank you for allowing me to do so. Every year I would watch for him to come and spend some time here at his cabin. I always enjoyed listening to him and my grandfather talk about the history of this area and about all of the trees, plants and wildlife. While growing up some of my best memories have been on johns property and now I am getting to share that with my two children. Thanks for being a friend.

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