Stephen McCardell
August 11, 1958 - July 29, 2020
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Stephen McCardell was born in Houston, TX, on August 11, 1958. He was a musician, composer, beloved teacher, and cherished husband, father, brother, nephew, cousin, son-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, and friend. He passed away at his home on July 29, 2020.   His childhood included many moves across the US with his parents, William…

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Ben Johnson left a message on August 12, 2020:
In memory of Stephen McCardell, Ben Johnson lit a candle
Delaney Olsen left a message on August 12, 2020:
what an honor to have him as a professor for 5 years, the MAIN reason I passed theory and aural skills was this guy. one of the best people i've known. rest in peace.
John Halsey left a message on August 12, 2020:
Steve was one of my best childhood friends. His talents were so different from mine so I'm not sure how we became so close. He was such a talented musician. Of course I couldn't find middle C on a key board. That Peter Frampton hair in high school fit perfectly. He was also a far better soccer player than I ever was, yet he put up with me. I remember so many great times with his parents and sister at their home on Cat Rock Rd in Greenwich. After high school our paths diverged. But I'll remember Steve as a kind, smart, funny, talented person who's life ended too soon.
Alison Moran-Powers left a message on August 11, 2020:
By all accounts, Stephen McCardell was an exceptional husband, father, friend, musician and professor. My heart, prayers and love go out to my high school friend Susan, and their daughter Carolyn. May your memories be a blessing!
Karen Budweiser left a message on August 11, 2020:
Dear Susan Carolyn and family. The light in the world has dimmed. Stephan had a life well lived. He will be missed by all who knew him. He touched so many lives. His life, the man he was, the husband, father, teacher, leaves such a hole in the world. But all the wonderful things he brought to all he touched will live on. God Bless you and God keep Stephan free of pain and in our hearts forever. He taught everyone so many great lessons by being Stephan. Love to Susan, Carolyn and family
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Karen Lawrence left a message on August 11, 2020:
This picture of Stephen is from our family trip to Alaska in 2007. We had a wonderful time together. There were lovely evenings of music with Stephen playing guitar and Susan playing penny whistle. Stephen as always so great to talk with - insightful and sensitive, witty and humorous. We will all miss him so much.
Zachary Fulton left a message on August 11, 2020:
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Stephen was an amazing person. Sending our love and support. Zach, Christina, and Cass
Kristin Efthimiou left a message on August 11, 2020:
My deepest condolences to Susan, Carolyn and family. Stephen was such a kind, intelligent, caring and gifted man. He made our community and the world a more vibrant place!! May his spirit be immortal.
Anthony and Sooyeon Padilla left a message on August 11, 2020:
We hold Stephen's warm humanity in our hearts, and his musicianship lives on in our music-making. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to perform Poéme, one of Stephen's final compositions, for him last year and will never forget the inspiration of his inner fire that he shared. Much love to Susan, Carolyn and the whole McCardell family.
Mike Kortenhof left a message on August 10, 2020:
Susan, Carolyn and family, You have our deepest condolences upon Stephen’s passing. From our first meeting in Plantz Hall that fine Fall of 1976 Stephen’s faith, kindness and caring were clear. This Zoo Book photo and all the LU reunions since bring back so many happy memories of our time together. We feel fortunate to have known him. Mike and Hepsi
Mory Wrase left a message on August 10, 2020:
May your many happy memories help you through this difficult time. My sympathy to you Susan, and your family.
Scott Parker left a message on August 9, 2020:
So sorry for your loss, he will be missed greatly.
Gessoit Pierre Louis left a message on August 8, 2020:
I had the privilege to take theory class with professor McCardell in 2012 when attended the Lawrence University's program two years after the earthquake in Haiti, under Mrs Janet Anthony 's recommendation. He was always there for all his students, he had his own way to make us feel comfortable in his classroom when we came for the first time. I will never forget how patient he was with me when I made my first step in music theory at the conservatory. I am wordless to express how sad and sorry i am for the loss. My sincere condolences go first to his wife and his family. Second of all to his colleagues, his students and friends. Rest in peace dear professor . Thank you! Gessoit Pierre Louis
Janet Anthony left a message on August 8, 2020:
Stephen was always helpful with the many students from Haiti who were at Lawrence for 1-3 terms. I SO appreciated his willingness to go the extra mile with these eager students. And, as is clear from these comments, he was like this with everyone. A master teacher, he was able to help everyone feel comfortable and at ease. Here is a note from one of the Haitian students in his class, Gessoit Pierre Louis: I had the privilege to take theory class with professor McCardell in 2012 when attended the Lawrence University's program two years after the earthquake in Haiti, under Mrs Janet Anthony 's recommendation. He was always there for all of his students, he had his own way to make you feel comfortable in his classroom when you are in your first days... I am so sad and sorry the loss. My sincere condolences to all his students, colleagues, friends and family. Rest in peace dear professor .
ronna swift left a message on August 8, 2020:
Dear Susan, I am so very sorry to just read about your husband. While I never really knew him, you always seemed happy when you were with him and I was happy for both of you. He obviously has left a wonderful tale of teaching and being a very special man. Hugs. Ronna Swift
Nancy Rogers left a message on August 7, 2020:
I couldn’t ask for a better colleague or a better friend than Stephen McCardell. I fondly remember a lot of great conversations in the evening at Waterman when we both worked late. Although objectively I probably should have been grading papers rather than talking, it was never wasted time; looking back, I wouldn’t give up a minute of it. Stephen loved teaching, he adored his students, and of course he had a passion for music. He was always eager to share great creative ideas for getting students engaged with unfamiliar repertoire and techniques. It didn’t matter whether he was working with performance majors, non-music majors, or aspiring composers: he met them all on their own level with sincere enthusiasm. He upheld high standards, but never looked down on anyone. Stephen was also clearly devoted to his family. He kept me updated about Carolyn’s activities and success with obvious pride, and he was similarly delighted to tell me about Susan’s latest performing opportunities. Susan and Carolyn, I can hardly even begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss, but I hope that your enormous supply of happy memories will help ease the pain a little. I’m grateful to have known Stephen: he brightened my life and the lives of countless other people. Truly, he made the world a better place. Rest in peace, my friend.
Alana Melvin left a message on August 7, 2020:
Professor McCardell was my first theory professor at Lawrence and taught me how to love theory and all of its complexities. He made class fun and interesting, a fantastic person and educator. My condolences to his family and friends.
Cameron Carrus left a message on August 7, 2020:
I am so sad to hear of Prof. McCardell's passing. He was my core music theory professor my freshman and sophomore years at Lawrence University. He truly loved educating, and conducted his classes in such a way that everyone felt like family. I realize now that I must have been in one of his first Bjorklunden retreats about the Beatles' music. I'm so glad he continued that for so long, it really was one of my most special and most "Lawrence" experiences in my time there. I asked him to do an independent study on the music of Ravel my senior year, and was so lucky that he accepted. We'd get together once a week, and talk about the pieces, and talk about LIFE. Art is life, and as a college senior, you don't really grasp more developed concepts of what life is, OR what art is. My study with him gave me an appreciation for classical music that I had not had before. Beyond the sheet music, he helped me sort through some of life's uncertainties and ENCOURAGED me as a musician and student of music. At the beginning of my LU experience, he was my professor Four years later, I could truly call him a friend. I attribute the majority of my music theory knowledge, and my ongoing thirst to always learn more about music theory, to him. RIP Prof. McC, I hope they had a Les Paul waiting for you up there! Cameron Carrus (Class of '13)
Brian and Leila Pertl left a message on August 7, 2020:
Leila and I are heartbroken by the passing of Stephen. He was an exceptional man and and exceptional professor. He was a true master teacher who taught with compassion, humor, and a profound belief in every student's unlimited potential. His memory and legacy will live on in all who were lucky enough to know him and all of the students who were lucky enough to be taught by him. Stephen, we will miss you every day.
Emilia Jackson left a message on August 6, 2020:
I am so saddened to hear of Professor McCardell’s passing. He was one of my favorite professors at Lawrence and in my Freshman year, he truly made me feel welcomed in an unfamiliar setting. Music theory was a difficult subject for me and I often felt overwhelmed by the material. However, Professor McCardell was determined to see me succeed and because of his kindness and wisdom, I did succeed in passing the music theory sequence. Professor McCardell was a great teacher and an upstanding human. My deepest condolences to Susan and Carolyn.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Tom Dahl left a message on August 4, 2020:
Dear Susan, I was saddened to hear of Stephen's passing, I know it has been a long uncertain road, but know you are in my prayers and thoughts
Tim Albright left a message on August 4, 2020:
I am new enough to Lawrence that sadly I didn't know Stephen well. What I do know is that my students were touched by his warmth, care, dedication, patience and humor. May his light forever shine in the hearts of his loved ones.
Nathan Brase left a message on August 3, 2020:
Talking about the Beatles with Stephen during our theory class Bjorklunden trip was a highlight of my time at Lawrence. Such a wonderful educator, mentor and person!
catherine kautsky left a message on August 3, 2020:
I so wish I'd known Stephen better, but all these years of appreciating his warmth and his smile and knowing how beloved he was by students mattered a great deal to me. He was such a perfect Lawrence colleague-- generous and always able to see the best in everyone. Our hearts are with you, Susan. May your wonderful memories of a wonderful man keep you afloat..We shall all be sadder and lesser without him. Very best, Cathy Kautsky
Susan & Jim Carr left a message on August 3, 2020:
Susan, we are so sorry to hear that Stephen left us. He was always warm, gracious to me and my children. No doubt there will be a little more music and thinking about music in heaven, now. Consider this a virtual hug.
Nori Kalman left a message on August 3, 2020:
Dear Susan, I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that I am thinking of you. May the love of your close ones help you go through this difficult time. My heartfelt condolences. Hugs
Julie McQuinn left a message on August 3, 2020:
Dogwood planting joy!!
DONNA J DIBELLA left a message on August 3, 2020:
Music gossip with colleagues!
DONNA J DIBELLA left a message on August 3, 2020:
Stephen graciously waiting it out while others eat party food.
Sarah Davies Breen left a message on August 2, 2020:
I am so sorry for this loss. Having professor McCardell for five terms of Music Theory was one of the greatest gifts I received during my time at LU. He was kind, generous with his time, and always approached problems with a sense of humor. I am sorry to hear of his passing. May his memory be a comfort and a blessing.
Mikayla Frank- Martin left a message on August 1, 2020:
Professor McCardell was my theory teacher. He was so patient, funny, and kind. He always offered extra help and cared deeply about his students and their well being. He will be missed. May his memory be for a blessing.
Gene Biringer and Donna DiBella left a message on August 1, 2020:
Shine on, Stephen! With love from Gene and Donna
Gene Biringer left a message on August 1, 2020:
What a beautiful man of many talents and gifts – fine composer, beloved teacher, dear colleague, but most of all, a kind and sunny human being who brought light to every encounter. Stephen showed how to face both the good times and the bad with grace and equanimity. Shine on, brother!
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