Steve was a wonderful friend and colleague. We shared stories and photos from our trips to Galapagos and our experiences in re-enacting the lives of scientists such as Charles Darwin. He was my favorite presenter ever at NABT (and I have attended virtually every conference since 1979) and I am honored to be able to call him my friend.
Steve has been a force for positive change in science education for as long as I can remember. He has influenced teachers across the country through the example he set in his presentations, his writings and his appearances in the media. Through those teachers, Steve has in turn touched the lives of countless biology students. It is humbling to even try to estimate how many students now have a better understanding of biology, and in fact all of science, because their teachers were touched by Steve. And of course he personally taught many, many students in his long career. All of us, those teachers and students alike, are better for having known Steve. We will miss Steve Randak for a very long time, but please know that his legacy will continue to touch the future well beyond our lifetimes.
I will be making a donation to the National Center for Science Education in Steve&s honor.
I extend my sincerest condolences to the entire Randak family.
Tamara (tami) Zahn
I realize that it is redundant for me to mention the amount of inspiration Steve supplied to all of his fellow Biology educators... you have all heard this countless times but I feel that it is important for me to add my commentary. As my own career has unfolded, my long term contact with Steve and his multitude of exploits adding to his biological background created a benchmark which the rest of us would attempt to emulate. Above and beyond that, his effects have been multiplied thousands of times as his students and the students of those he inspired move forward with a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them. You all have my sincerest sympathy and rest assured that the world of Biology education is diminished by the loss of Steve&s input yet infinitely augmented by his everlasting impact.
Steve was willing to be my webmaster backup in case I couldn?t continue managing the site, so we did correspond a bit about that. I looked forward to working more closely with him after his retirement so he could get used to the labor-of-love ?job? of managing the site, but, alas, that will never happen. And it hasn?t been easy finding an ENSI-trained Lead Teacher to take on that task. I know this tiny ?personal loss? for me doesn?t begin to match the deep loss to his wife, family, friends and colleagues. Steve left us all much too soon. But the richness of his high quality and creative teaching has certainly touched many people ? certainly his students over the years, but also the many teachers that he touched, who will pass along at least some of Steve?s enthusiasm for life to all of their students ? and that is at least part of his legacy. I?m very happy that the seven lessons he developed, adapted and contributed to the ENSI collection (a couple in collaboration with fellow ENSI teachers) will continue to be available, on the ENSI site, for teachers all over the world to use ? another part of Steve?s legacy. We can only imagine what his future gifts to teaching might have been.
Steve will be greatly missed.
San Jose, CA
I&m so sorry to have heard about Stephen&s passing. No words can possibly comfort you at this time but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. So sorry for your loss.
Sending our love
Aunt Donna, Carol and Russ
Our hearts, love and prayers go out to you.
Steven was a wonderfum person, husband ,
father and grandfather. All of our family are
thinking of you and yours.
Family of Uncle Peck and Aunt Edna
So sorry to hear of Steve&s passing. Having interacted with him a few times at Wabash College over the last 15 years, I was always amazed and impressed with his love and devotion of teaching, as well as his thirst for continued learning. I always learned something about biology and teaching when with him. I know that he was a great lover of his family and students and am confident he will be missed dearly. His teaching legacy alone will continue to thrive for years to come. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with you. -- Eric Wetzel