He prepared at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., where he was active in soccer and student government.
At Princeton he majored in geological engineering, joined Charter Club, and was active in WPRU and AIME. He married Ann Adams shortly after graduating and served in the Navy for two years as a lieutenant junior grade.
In 1956 he joined Ohio Oil Co. as a subsurface geologist and on other assignments in the Midwest. From 1961 at Consumers Power Co. in Jackson, Mich., he headed the geology department, managing oil and gas exploration, drilling, and reservoir engineering. Steve earned a master’s degree in business management at the Sloan School of Management at MIT in 1966 and then served as vice president of electric power plants; senior vice president of projects, engineering, and construction; and president of Consumer Power’s CMS cogeneration company subsidiary. He retired in 1987 and donated his time and expertise to several community boards and committees.
Steve was predeceased by Ann, his wife of 65 years, in 2019. He is survived by his four children, Cathy Berry, Susan Comiskey, David, and Thomas; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.