Steven A. Kolberg ’09 died on July 2, 2015, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
(The following appeared in The Providence Journal, July 2, 2015)
Steven Anthony Kolberg, 28, of Walnut Road, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, and Trumansburg, New York, died quietly at home on June 28, 2015 of acute leukemia. He was the beloved son of Irene Kolberg of North Kingstown, and William Kolberg of Trumansburg, and the brother and best friend of Micki Kolberg of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Kevin Martin, stepmother, Melissa Hamilton Kolberg and an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and colleagues. He was the Director of Energy Analysts for Bright Power Inc. in New York City. Steven was born in Kyonggi-do, South Korea, on February 15, 1987, and was adopted into the Kolberg family on August 25, 1987. He grew up in Trumansburg where he developed close and lasting friendships. He graduated from Charles O. Dickerson High School in 2005 and from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he earned a dual major bachelors degree in government and environmental studies and a minor in biology while being an active member of the Bowdoin Outing Club and Bowdoin Organic Garden. After graduation he joined the Bright Power team as an intern and was rapidly promoted over the next five years to Director of Energy Analysts where he led a team responsible for evaluating energy use by large scale building and management firms. He was a principle author of a study evaluating the nationwide HUD Green Retrofit Program. Although Steven lived a short life, he will be remembered as an avid soccer player, runner, cyclist, gardener, telemark skier, mentor, wit, and friend. The family would like to express deep gratitude to the multiple caregivers of NYU Langone Center, The Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital who held us in their healing hands for sixteen months.