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Holzner, Steven

Steven Holzner, 56, died on September 4, 2013, after a long illness. Steve was born in Madison, WI, but spent most of his early years in Pittsburgh. He graduated from MIT in 1979 and earned his PhD in physics from Cornell in 1987. He was the author of more than 130 books, including Physics for Dummies and books on science, math, business, and computer programming. He taught at both MIT and Cornell and was a local real estate investor. Steve lived in Ithaca with his wife, Nancy. Steve enjoyed traveling. In his youth, he lived in Honolulu and Hong Kong and spent summers at his family's home in Austria. He visited more than 30 countries. He was also an avid reader who favored books on travel and philosophy. He studied Zen Buddhism and was a member of Friends Meetings in both Pittsburgh and Ithaca. He was a deep thinker with a wonderful sense of humor. Besides his loving wife, Nancy, Steve is survived by his parents, Anne Holzner (wife of the late Sam Prellwitz) and Burkart Holzner (husband of Leslie), both of Pittsburgh. He is also survived by his brother, Dan Holzner, of Richmond, CA; his sister, Claire Holzner, of Watkins Glen, NY; his stepdaughter, Tamsen Conner, of Austin, TX; and many relatives and friends. In accordance with Steve's wishes, there was no public funeral. A generous person who loved to surprise family and friends with "just because" gifts, Steve would have appreciated it if those who'd like to remember him with a donation make a gift to their favorite charity or cause in his name.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Sept. 14, 2013
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