Steven Holzner, 56, died on September 4, 2013 after a long illness. Steve was a long-time member of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 2, 1957, Steve was the son of Anne and Burkart Holzner. The family moved to Pittsburgh when Steve was three years old and Burkart accepted a position in the sociology department of the University of Pittsburgh. Steve graduated from Taylor-Allderdice High School in 1975. He went on to study physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with a B.S. in 1979, and at Cornell University, earning a Ph.D. in 1987. He was the author of more than 130 books, including Physics for Dummies and many books on science, math, and computer programming. He also taught at both MIT and Cornell. He lived in Ithaca, New York.
Steve was an avid traveler. When he was young, his family lived in Honolulu and Hong Kong and spent their summers in Austria. The family visited many countries, including Germany, Afghanistan, China, Japan, and India.
He enjoyed travel throughout his life. He also enjoyed reading, especially travel and philosophy books. He was interested in the study of Zen Buddhism and developing his own personal philosophy.
Steve is loved and deeply mourned by his family, including his wife, Nancy Holzner, of Ithaca, New York; his brother, Dan Holzner, of Richmond, California; and his sister, Claire Holzner, of Watkins Glen, New York. His mother, Anne S. Holzner, a long-term member of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting, misses him very much. He is also missed by his father, Burkart Holzner, of Pittsburgh; and stepdaughter, Tamsen Conner, of Austin, Texas.