It is with great sadness we report that Professor Jeffrey Steiner, Professor and Chair in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at City College and Professor in the Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Graduate Center, passed away on Monday 28 April following a long battle against pancreatic cancer. He was 70 years old. A brilliant scientist, teacher, mentor, artist, and poet, Jeff was beloved by many across the Division of Science and the Grove School of Engineering at City, as well as by many among the faculty and students in EES. He will be greatly missed.
Jeff received his Ph.D. from Stanford University where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. He joined the City College faculty in 1970 and chaired the EAS Department from 1998 until his death. His work ranged from defining the experimental phase relationships of the haplogranite system to studies of bacteria-mineral interactions. Jeff was a creative thinker who pioneered new ideas on the petrogenesis of the mineral layering in the Palisades Sill and the Watchung Basalt Flows of New York and New Jersey; work he continued until his final days.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and their four children. The viewing will take place at the Michael J.
Higgins Funeral Service, 113 Lake Road East, Congers, NY 10920 on Saturday the 3rd, 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. A funeral mass will be held 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 3rd, at Church of Saint Paul, 82 Lake Road West, Congers, NY 10920. The Division of Science and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science are planning a special memorial to celebrate Professor Steiner’s life and achievements. Details are forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, the Jeffrey Steiner Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established for those who wish
to contribute. Please send checks made payable to The City College 21st Century Foundation with Jeffrey Steiner Memorial Scholarship Fund noted in the memo section to:
Jodi Garner, Associate Director
Development & Institutional Advancement
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue, SH-154
New York, NY 10031
If anyone is interested in gifts of securities or other assets, please contact Jodi Garner at 212.650.8938.