Stephen Strasser (Steve) passed away on June 19, 2021.
He was one of those people you never forget. His personality was larger-than-life and charismatic; his kindness, humility and intellect touched many – his students, friends and his beloved family. Steve was born in New York City in 1950, the youngest son of Robert and Eleanor Strasser.
At age six, Steve underwent open heart surgery to repair a coarctation of the aorta – a risky procedure in 1956. Steve’s heart never slowed him down – he played varsity tennis at Riverdale Country Day School and later at the University of Pennsylvania; his team winning its first ever national championship title. Following his college graduation, Steve played on the USTA tour; his best ranking at 222 in the world.
Steve pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and later taught in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. Steve was a pioneer and thought-leader in the field of Medical Outcomes Research. His ingenuity led him to found his own company dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare through survey research.
At age 52, Steve suffered from a series of heart attacks and strokes related to his childhood heart condition, but made a herculean recovery – learning to walk again and overcome cognitive disabilities. Ten years later, Steve suffered another setback leaving him even more impaired; however, his courage and determination enabled him to rehabilitate yet again and live a full life.
His spirit was truly unbreakable and his ability to rebound would never have been possible without the devoted, loving care of his wife. Steve leaves behind the love of his life, Sarah, who he met at age 15 at summer camp. They were married for 49 years.
He also leaves behind his three children, Joanne (Olga), Jeffrey and Danny (Marc); and his beloved grandsons, Elliot, Max and Ben; as well as his brothers, Peter (Jane) and Donald (Millie).
The funeral will be held for friends and family at 11 a.m. June 23 at Epstein Memorial Chapel, 3232 E. Main St. in Columbus. Interment to follow at Green Lawn Cemetery-Beth Tikvah section. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the ACLU Foundation (action.aclu.org/give/make-tax-deductible-gift-aclu-foundation).
Online guest book at epsteinmemorial.com.