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EDWARD "STEVE" STEPHENSON HANRAHAN --

(Feb 22, 2013)

EDWARD "STEVE" STEPHENSON HANRAHAN -- Steve Hanrahan of Huntington, W.Va., was born to William Parnell Hanrahan and Veronica Ingram Stephenson on September 8, 1929, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He graduated from Parkersburg High School and attended the University of Mississippi where he completed his B.S. in Chemistry in June 1952. He was a member of the NROTC and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He served in active duty in the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant. He married Harriet Elizabeth Denham in 1953 and they had three daughters together: Veronica, Katherine, and Elizabeth. Emma later joined the family as a daughter by choice. He returned to West Virginia to complete his M.S. and completed his Ph.D.in 1958 at WVU. He worked for DuPont as a research chemist for 6 years and then joined Marshall University as assistant professor in 1963. He became Chair of the Dept. of Chemistry and in 1977 became the inaugural Dean of the College of Science. He stepped down as Dean in 1994, and retired in 1997. In 1988 he married Mary Virginia Berner. Mary and Steve had great fun and traveled all over the world. Mary and her sons, Tyler and Keith, completed his family. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and her children, Keith Whitten of Los Angeles and Tyler Whitten of Huntington W.Va. His children: Dr. Veronica Stephenson Hanrahan Heide (Parry) of Madison WI, Katherine Hanrahan, and Elizabeth Emerson Hanrahan of Huntington, and Emma Surratt Walters of Lexington KY; Two grandchildren, David Parry Heide (Tiffany) of Madison WI, Dr. Anne Lendon Heide (Michael Wendt) of Milwaukee WI, and two great-grandchildren: Liliana Grace Heide and Charles Marshall Heide, Madison, WI. Donations in Steve's memory may be made to Marshall University Foundation specifying the Dept. of Chemistry; 519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25703. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kathleen O'Hanlon, the staff of 4 North, Cabell Huntington Hospital and the physicians and staff of Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House for their wonderful care of Steve. Expressions of condolence may be made at stevehanrahan.forevermissed.com. Services will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 545 Norway Avenue, Huntington WV. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and the service will start at 11 a.m.

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