Steven J Santner

Steven J. Santner, 73, passed away unexpectedly at home on June 4, 2021.

Steve was born on January 31, 1948, in Schenectady, New York. He moved several times as a child, and graduated from high school in DeKalb, Illinois. He went on to study Biochemistry at Michigan State University, and graduated in 1970. After a short time working at Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research in Worcester, Massachusetts, Steve began working at the Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, doing endocrinology and oncology research for twenty two years. Steve then moved to Troy, Michigan and worked at the Karmanos Cancer Center, which is affiliated with Wayne State University, before retiring from there in 2011.

Steve was an accomplished ornithologist. He spent countless hours searching for different birds, often driving hundreds of miles to find them. His work has been published in several scientific books and journals. For many years he was the top county birder in the state of Michigan. Steve was also an avid coin and stamp collector.

Steve is predeceased by his parents, Harold and Elsie Santner, as well as a sister, Mary Santner. He is survived by three siblings: Elizabeth Pomeroy, Michael Santner, and Patricia Santner, as well as two nephews, Ryan and Jason Thuma.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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  1. Allen Chartier

    Steve was one of the nicest birders I have ever known. I will miss him.

  2. Worked in the same division with Steve at Hershey for many years – he was a great person and was always there to help if I had questions – his lab was just up the hall and I was a new college graduate beginning my first job in science. He was more than a colleague – he was a friend.

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