STEVEN SCHINKE
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SCHINKE--Steven P. The entire Columbia School of Social Work community notes with deep sadness the death of Professor Steven P. Schinke, the D'Elbert and Selma Keenan Professor of Social Work. A proud veteran of the United States Air Force, Dr. Schinke was a professor at Columbia for over 30 years. Over the years, he served as chair of numerous faculty committees and, most recently, was faculty director of the CSSW online program. In his pursuit of evidence-based interventions, he conducted clinical trials testing prevention programs aimed at improving the lives of America's youth. The recipient of many awards and honors, Dr. Schinke will long be remembered as a scholar, a teacher, a scientist, and a mentor. Sincerest condolences are extended to Dr. Schinke's wife, Mary, their family, and friends. Dr. Irwin Garfinkel, Interim Dean


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Published in New York Times on Jan. 8, 2019.
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January 23, 2019
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Schinke and the Schinke family over the loss of a great man, scholar, teacher, and scientist.
Jean Paglia, Columbia Social Work, Class of 1995
Rev. Dr. Jean Paglia
January 16, 2019
Steven Schinke, a scholar, an educator, a man of unusual integrity and good will, a constructive gentleman, a loving husband to Mary, and a genuine friend with a great smile. Your memory is indelibly set in our minds.
Edward Mullen
January 15, 2019
Professor Schinke will be greatly missed.
Leslie Ince
January 15, 2019
To Stevens Family and Friends.
I was so sad to hear of Steven's passing and send my sincere condolences. I remember him most for his sense of humor, highlighted by his full smile. The price of great love is great loss. My prayers and with you and your family
Ronald Mincy
January 13, 2019
On behalf of the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison we share our condolences about Steven's passing. We were proud to have him as an alum of our doctoral program and celebrate his contributions to teaching, research and service. We appreciate his generous support of the School.
Mel Morgenbesser
January 12, 2019
Dear Mary,
All of us in the city and up in Roxbury will miss him greatly ----- he was a friend to us all. Sending love.
Alice Shaber
January 12, 2019
Dear family and friends of Steven,
We have lost a dear friend. He changed my life, one evening when I was distressed over Statistics. He is the reason I went to Columbia UN. It was his warmth and encouragement at a time when I doubted my ability. I am able to do more for people because of his light. I am ever so grateful to this dear man. (I got to shake his hand, and I did say to him, "I love YOU!" as I graduated from CSSW). Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! We will carry your work forward! Aimee Sullivan Bibb, Juneau, Alaska
January 11, 2019
Dear Mary,
My thoughts are much with you as you and we mourn the loss of Steven.
Barbara Simon
Barbara Simon
January 10, 2019
Dr. Schinke was a beloved member of the Columbia community, especially amongst his online students. I had the wonderful pleasure of taking his research methods class last semester, and absolutely loved it because of him. He was kind, sharp, humble and spirited. His self-deprecatory demeanor made class enjoyable and put students at ease. He was the first professor to whom I sent an email at Columbia when I was confused about a class requirement. I nervously awaited for his response, wondering if he was going to appear strict and cold. He was exactly the opposite- I could tell through a quick response that he was sweet and helpful. I felt comfortable immediately. I was sad to finish his class last semester and hoped our paths would cross again. I only saw him through a computer screen once a week for three months, but he left an indelible mark. I will miss him. I send my prayers and condolences to his wife, family and friends.

Katherine
January 10, 2019
Dearest Friends & Family of Mr. Steven Schinke,

I am deeply sorry for your loss- Professor Schinke touched the hearts and minds of so many students, including mine. I was only graced with the privilege of knowing Professor Schinke for one semester, but truly gleaned so much knolwedge and positivity from his course, rendered fully by his kind and engaging spirit. I send prayers of love and strength to those most touched by Professor Schinke. I live in Los Angeles as a distance student and I am proud to say that Professor Schinke was a classroom favorite, motivator, and overall friend to so many of us here- even through a computer screen.

Sincerest Condolences & Wishes of Peace,

Abbie

MSW Student, Columbia University
Abbie Marsh
January 9, 2019
DEAR MARY,
WE ARE SO DISTRESSED OVER THE LOSS OF YOUR BELOVED HUSBAND STEVEN. MAY GOD CONSOLE YOU AND FAMILY AND BE WITH YOU AT THIS STRESSFUL TIME. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE AVAILABLE. LOVE FROM THE MC DANIEL FAMILY,
DAGNY, CLAUDE, CLAUDIA AND MARK
DAGNY MC DANIEL
January 9, 2019
My prayers and with you and the family.
Patricia Murray
January 9, 2019
My condolences to the family for your loss. May the God who comforts those that mourn sustain you during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2
Dean
January 9, 2019
Mary Schinke
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