My wife Mary
E. Steen is Associate Professor Emerita of English and former chair of the Department
of English at St. Olaf College, where she taught from 1965 to 2009. In addition to teaching
regular courses in first year and creative writing, she has taught writing courses
on the theme of "chance and choice" and courses on the literature
of New Zealand and Australia. In the 1980s we team-taught a course in science writing in which
students wrote and presented to each other short expository essays on topics in
natural, mathematical, social, or behavioral sciences.
Mary is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota
League of Women Voters (LWV-MN) and 2009 winner of the Hope Washburn Award for Outstanding Service to LWV-MN. From 1998 to 2005 she served as editor of
The Voter, the newsletter of LWV-MN. In 1995
she attended the World Conference on Women in Beijing and
in 1999 she visited Northern Ireland as part of a delegation preparing
for a February 2000 Peace Prize Forum at St. Olaf focused on the
1998 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Northern Irish political leaders
John Hume and David Trimble. Subsequently she served on the planning committee for the
2004 Forum that
honored the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter.
Our older daughter Margaret Steen is a free-lance writer and instructor at UC Berkeley Extension. Her specialties include
workplace issues, economics, non-profits, and business writing. Previously she reported on business, real estate, and philanthropy
for the San Jose Mercury News and on computer news for InfoWorld. Her
husband David Webster works for the "big data" firm Collective. They have two sons: Clark and Harrison.
Our younger daughter Catherine Wille, the mother of Justin, Jonathan,
and Joshua, lives in Rochert, Minnesota. Her husband Jason Wille is a computer programmer who telecommutes
to work on various enterprise software products.
Since retiring Mary and I have been developing a Frost-Steen Family History & Genealogy website that contains information, photographs, stories, and reminiscences from our extended families.
An associated Family Tree displays on-line the contents of a growing family database that now includes information--sometimes only a name--on more than 2500 individuals.
We welcome additions and corrections.