Henry Alan Steeves Jr. ’38 died on September 14, 2009, at the Windsor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
He was born in Somerville on February 12, 1916, and prepared for college at Newton High School. After graduating from Bowdoin, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, he went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in library service from Columbia University in 1943 while working as a reference librarian and supervisor at New York Public Library. During World War II, he joined the Navy and worked for the government in the Operations Research Group. In 1948, he joined the family business, N.E. Marmon Harrington Coaches Inc. Eleven years later, he sold the business and began working as a librarian at the Research Institute for Advanced Studies in Baltimore. In 1961, he took a position as a librarian for the Sperry Rand Research Center, where he remained until his retirement more than 20 years later. A master swimmer, he made the Top 10 nationally in his age group in the 100- and 200-meter fly. He also enjoyed golf and tennis. He is survived by his wife, Thyra (Johnson) D’Ewart-Steeves, whom he married in the Bowdoin chapel in 2004, and by his stepbrother, Jack Boeing. He was predeceased by his first wife, Audrey Caesar Steeves, who died in 2001 after nearly 59 years of marriage.