It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Dr. Richard Alan Steckel passed away in peace the morning of June 19th.
Born on August 18, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, Richard knew, early on, that he would travel the world and make it a better, and more just, place. And so, at age 19, he began the life he imagined, traveling to countries to aid those most in need; helping organizations throughout the world do better by “doing good;” and capturing, through photos, the commonalities that people share to create greater understanding among all.
Yet, for all he did, one of his greatest legacies was right here, in Denver, at the Children’s Museum. As Director, from 1976 to 1984, he brought the Museum to its current home – a dream he had from the moment he started.
Through all of his work, he was inspired to share what he had learned, publishing five books on marketing and fourteen photographic books with his wife Michele.
He did all of these things with a passion and a purpose. It was simply who he was.
But his proudest accomplishment was always his family.
Nothing mattered more to him or gave him more joy.
We will miss him greatly; for all those who knew him would agree:
There was no one kinder
No one a better listener
No one who did more for people – the stranger and the friend
No one who found more ways to teach and to learn, and
No one who found more satisfaction in doing good and serving others
And so, while we can never fill his shoes, we can walk in his footprints. And we will.
“For as long as he lived...the way he lived his life inspired [many] to be better. To never be afraid of difference or of being ‘different.’ To cherish time with family and friends….He showed…that true heroism doesn’t come with a job description or job title. It doesn’t have to come with awards or citations…Heroism is simply the idea of living your life with a passion that it deserves. It’s knowing that independent thought and love-inspired vision are the greatest gifts we have been given, and that the chance to serve is the truest way of saying thank you. It’s understanding that at some point everybody will die, but not everybody lives.”
- Wes Moore, The Work
In honor of Richard, please hug someone you love,
Michele, his loving wife of 52 years; his daughters, Robin, Traci, and Jill;
his son-in-laws, Jon, Jeff, and Henry; his grandson-in-law, Anthony;
his grandchildren, Taylor, Conor, Aidan, Sutton, Maddie, Josh, and Max;
and his great-grandchildren, Hayden and Madison
Donations can be made to The Milestone’s Project,
c/o Colorado Business Bank, 2409 W. Main Street, Littleton, CO 80120.
A Celebration of Life will be held in July.