Steve Addington No Longer
STEVE ADDINGTON, 56, the man who originally proposed preserving
much of Fort Ord, died January 29. He was born in Shelby,
North Carolina to a military family alternately stationed
in Japan, Germany and Washington State. In 1966 he joined
the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a photo-journalist in
the Caribbean and Vietnam. He later earned a degree in archaeology.
After marrying Kathy Powers in 1972, the two traveled extensively
before Steve accepted a position with the U.S. Bureau of
Land Management as an archaeologist and wilderness specialist
in Boise, Idaho. His travels, from the tropics of Bali to
the heights of the Himalayas, fostered an appreciation for
natural resource management.
A Marina resident, Steve was working in the BLM's field
office in Hollister in 1991 when he attended a Monterey
meeting that was called to discuss the Army's closure of
Fort Ord. He explained the unique habitat at Fort Ord, with
its large stand of western chaparral, and said it was so
valuable that it should be preserved. That was one of the
early planks of the reuse planning at Fort Ord. The plan
adopted by FORA provided for about 60% of the 28,000-acre
former Army base to be preserved as natural habitat.
In 1998 Steve left his position as the BLM Fort Ord Project
Manager to become Area Manager in the BLM's Eastern Sierra
office, where he continued his innovative and visionary
leadership and dedication to collaborative resolution of
public land use issues. He returned to this area, following
his diagnosis in 2002 of a rare brainstem tumor, to work
on one last project involving his passion for protection
of our public lands.
Steve was recently recognized by the Monterey Board of
Supervisors for the establishment of Fort Ord's Bicycle-Equestrian
Trail Assistance (BETA) group and for his community-based
protection of the natural habitat at Fort Ord. A portion
of Fort Ord has been designated "Steve Addington Glade."
His friends and family will remember him for his love of
nature, recreation, and travel as well as his boundless
energy, integrity, courage, humor and ever-present smile.
Steve is survived by his wife, Kathy, his mother and five
brothers and sisters.
A celebration of his life will be announced in the spring.
Memorial donations may be sent to: California Native Plant
Society, Jim Pittman/Treasurer, 19180 El Cerrito Way, Aromas,
CA 95004; Josephine Kernes Memorial Pool for Disabled Children
and Adults, 15 Portola Avenue, Monterey, CA 93942; or the
American Brain Tumor Assn., Pediatric Tumors, 2720 River
Road, Des Plaines IL 60018-4110.
Published in the Monterey
Herald on 2/7/2004.