Stephen Lane Pastner of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away Saturday, December 29 at the University of Michigan Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was 69.
Born May 19, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY, Steve was a 1964 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in anthropology from Brandeis University in 1971, with a focus on Baluchi people in Pakistan. Joining the faculty at the University of Vermont in 1970, Steve subsequently received tenure and taught in the anthropology department for many years, retiring in 2002. He went on to serve as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan after his wife Judith Irvine's appointment as professor there.
In every way a true Renaissance man, Steve was a self-taught and accomplished musician (on instruments such as the banjo, guitar, lute and orpharion). He was also a skilled sculptor, and his subjects reflect his love of history and music. Steve's bronze pieces depict many themes, from great classical composers to Saxon warriors. More of his work and music can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/b8rqf66 . Steve loved hiking and canoeing, and enjoyed spending time rowing on the Huron River. He also had an enduring interest in many environmental and political causes, and was never shy in voicing his opinion or in volunteering time for these causes.
Steve's greatest passion was his family. A devoted father and husband, he had been looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren, including new grandson Micah.
Steve is survived by his wife Judith Irvine; daughters Deborah Pastner (Ingrid Young) and Rebecca Pastner (Steven C. Smith); grandchildren Elsie and Micah Smith; sister Jane Halpern; cousin Frances Cohen; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating Steve's life will be held at a later date, details pending. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his honor to Texas Freedom Network (Austin, TX) or the Humane Society of Huron Valley (Ann Arbor, MI).