Steve's father had been home from the Aleutian Islands less than a year, and had just become a civilian working in downtown Seattle for New York Life as a claims adjuster. Five years later, he was recalled to active duty as a result of the Korean War. Once he was back on active duty, he decided to stay until he had a retirement. Thus began an odyssey of 11 schools in 12 years for Steve. High school was split between Annandale, VA (where he met his wife Carol), and West Anchorage, AK, where he graduated in 1964. That year was the year of the historic Good Friday earthquake in Alaska. He was home and endured the shaking there, and it was quite something! His school's top floor was destroyed, and he and his friends helped with the cleanup efforts for a couple weeks before they "double-shifted" at Anchorage's only other high school, East, to complete their degrees.
Steve went to Washington State University and was awarded the sophomore engineering student of the year and was the first engineering student to graduate from the University's Honors Program. Throughout the 4 years, he worked in the Sanitary Engineering Research Laboratory and thus began his interest in public health and environmental issues relating to water and wastewater.
Carol and Steve were married in September 1968, shortly after Carol's graduation from Radford College in VA.