Veronka John-Steiner

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Veronka (Vera) John-Steiner

Veronka (Vera) John-Steiner, age 87, died on December 6, 2017 at her home in Santa Fe, NM. She was a professor of Linguistics and Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico for over 40 years. Her funeral was held on December 8th; a commemoration will be held next year.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, she arrived in the U.S. after WWII as a refugee, having been deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She earned a doctorate in Psychology at the University of Chicago, taught at several institutions, collaborated on projects on the Navajo reservation, and worked on the Head Start program. In the late 1960s, she moved to Santa Fe with her second husband, the writer Stan Steiner. She became a Regents Professor at UNM, serving as mentor to innumerable students.

A renowned interpreter of the developmental psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, Veronka's books included "Notebooks of the Mind," "Creative Collaboration," and "Loving and Hating Mathematics," which she co-authored with her partner, the mathematician Reuben Hersh, also of UNM.

She is survived by Reuben, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren Paul Steiner, Sandor John, Suki John, Laura John-Mora, Rafael Cocchi and Alex Mora, and her extended family including her friends, collaborators, colleagues and students.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 17, 2017
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