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Remembering Steve Graham

July 15, 2019

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering sadly announces the recent passing of our friend and colleague, Stephen Graham. Graham had been in the department for 27 years and at the UW since 1989.

Steve Graham

Steve Graham

“We hired Steve to be an assistant to the Boeing-Egtvedt Chair in the department and an editorial assistant for me as a journal editor,” said Linda Shapiro, professor of electrical & computer engineering. “Steve was wonderful; he could do anything from mundane daily tasks, to typing a very technical book in TeX, and practically running the journal. Through the years in ECE, he has shown that he indeed could handle anything and did it cheerfully and competently.”

Radha Poovendran, professor and chair of ECE noted that Graham’s presence is deeply missed in the department.

“He was a source of all kinds of information about the UW and a very nice person,” Poovendran said.

Graham wore a variety of hats in the department, and in 1997, transferred to the advising office as a program assistant. He was an integral member of the advising team and impacted the student experience through time scheduling and working with them directly.

“Steve was an amazing friend and colleague. When I first started in ECE, Steve was always available and willing to answer my mountain of questions as I learned the ropes. I enjoyed his quick wit and banter and the extensive list of movies, art, books, authors, board games and shows he introduced me to over the years,” said Stephanie Swanson, director of academic services. “I will miss our conversations about life and his presence in the department.”

Daniel Kirschen, professor and associate chair for education and entrepreneurship said he always enjoyed talking to Steve, who was a fountain of knowledge, particularly when it came to all things about the UW.

Graham, who was born in Toledo, Ohio, double majored in history and physics as an undergrad at Carlton College and earned his M.A. from the University of Hawaii focusing on Modern Southeast Asian and Comparative Colonial History.

Outside of work, Graham was a key member of the gaming community, organizing several gaming conventions and running Metro Seattle Gamers, a gaming club. He was also an avid reader and lifelong learner. Graham will be missed both personally and professionally.