2014-01-30 / Obituaries

Stephen Morris Highstein

Stephen Morris Highstein, 74, of East Falmouth, Mass., passed away on Jan. 22, 2014, at Mass General Hospital after his battle with leukemia. He was the beloved husband of Gabrielle (Richards) Highstein for 15 years. He was born in Baltimore, Md., the son of the late Gustav and Ada (Abel) Highstein.

Steve graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with an undergraduate degree in engineering. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. from Tokyo University. He defended his dissertation in Japanese. Steve sent his toadfish experiment on the inner ear into space twice on the space shuttle missions STS 90 and STS 95. He completed a neurology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He was a professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for 25 years. He first came to Woods Hole as a summer scientist in 1973 at the Marine Biological Laboratories. He became a senior scientist in 2009 when he moved his research full time to Woods Hole. Steve was an avid saltwater fisherman. He loved nothing better than cooking fabulous meals that took days to prepare. He had recently rediscovered woodcarving.

Besides his wife, Steve is survived by his children, Gustav Highstein and his wife Joanna of Richmond, Va., Nathaniel Highstein and his wife Kristi (Kamps) of Portland, Maine, Winthrop B. Reed III and his wife Heidi (St. Peter) of St. Louis, Mo., Roland R. Reed and his wife Charlene (Ellsworth) of St. Louis, Mo., and Gabrielle V.L. Reed and her husband Christian Lazen-Bernardt of Jamestown; 11 grandchildren, Agata, Solomon and Sylvan Highstein, Tess Noel and Kai Patricio, Winthrop B., Sarah C. and Sophie L. Reed, Margaret and Roland Reed, and Hugo Lazen-Bernardt; nephews Alex Highstein and Jesse Highstein. Steve was the brother of Max Highstein and his wife Michelle of Santa Fe, N.M., and Jene Highstein (deceased) and his wife Kitty of Salem, N.H.

The family will hold a time of sharing memories about Steve on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 154 Hatchville Road in East Falmouth, Mass. Feel free to bring a food or beverage that reminds you of Steve. Memorial donations may be made in Steve’s memory to Marine Biological Laboratory Office of Annual Giving, Candle House, 7 MBL St., Woods Hole, MA 02543.

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