Dan Stephenson

Dan Stephenson

March 20, 1966 - February 4, 2005

Dan lived life as if it was a rock and roll song - not just any song - one by the Boss, by the King, or by Emmy Lou Harris.

He loved to travel and never missed an opportunity to hop on (or fly) a plane, jump in his Land Rover (with Buddy), hitchhike (and make a new friend), ride his bike (while talking on the phone), sail, or walk to his next destination, whether it be Moscow, Cuba, Scotland or California.

Dan shared his love of literature, film, music, politics and art with everyone. He was a humanitarian with an idealistic approach to the world's problems.

Dan fiercely believed in peace.

He believed in waiting for the light to change before crossing the street.

Dan loved puppy parks and never saw a bit of litter that he did not pick up.

He had a curiosity and interest in all he met and a gift of listening with his heart.

Dan loved women, young and old, and they loved him.

He was single because no woman had succeeded in beating him at chess.

Dan is survived and very missed by his loving friends and his chosen "family": mother, Mary Pat Power, brother Bill Scribner, god-son Taylor Scribner, and the love of his life, Buddy.

This world will never be the same without him, but his message and spirit will live on because of his example to look for the best in people, be the best you can be and live life to the fullest.

Memorial service was held on March 28, 3:30 pm, at DePaul University, Courtelyou Commons, 2324 North Fremont, and was followed by a musical celebration of his life at the Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, Chicago.

Donations in his name may be made to the University of Chicago Islet Cell Transplant program.

For further information, www.danstephenson.org.