Stephen Graves Granger died October 5, 2013, at his home in rural Morris. He was 81. A celebration of life honoring Steve will be held on Sunday, October 13, at LaFave House in Morris from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. with a program at 3:00 o'clock. He requested that his body be bequeathed to the University of Minnesota Medical School to aid in research and biomedical device design. There will be no funeral.
Steve Granger was born February 2, 1932, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Caroline (Sheire) and Chester Granger. He graduated from Cretin High School in St Paul in 1949. As a Marine Corps reservist, he was called to active duty when the Korean War broke out in the summer of 1950. After 19 months of active service, Steve returned to the University of Minnesota where he earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of arts and doctorate in counseling psychology. He worked at the Veteran's Administration hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Cloud doing rehabilitation counseling in the late 1950's.
One of 13 founding faculty, Steve was the first hired in 1960 by UMM's chief administrator Rodney Briggs. Serving as Briggs' counselor and second-in-command, he helped shape the new college as a major voice in institutional decision-making. He played a key role in developing UMM's Minority Student Program and was particularly interested in institutional research, publishing numerous institutional studies. He is credited with mentoring a generation of UMM staff from all levels of the administration, including chancellors.
During his 34 years at UMM he served as Director of Counseling, Assistant Provost, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Dean. He also taught the course Psychology of Individual Differences for many years. In retirement he frequently volunteered for projects: writing grant applications, consulting, advising committees. In collaboration with his daughter, Susan, his research and writing about the physical plant paved the way for the core of the UMM campus to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. In 2010 he received the University of Minnesota Outstanding Service Award for exceptional commitment and service to the University.
Through the years he was a member of the American Psychological Association and numerous other professional organizations. For ten years during the 1970's he was a member, then vice chair, then chairman of the Morris Planning Commission during the period when most of the present zoning ordinances were developed.
Steve is survived by his wife Arden with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 4; his daughters: Susan (Scott Kelly), Morris, and Sarah, Cyrus; his son Daniel and wife Ruth, Spicer, and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.