Steck, Henry, 2018


Steck, Henry, 2018

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Henry Steck was born in Washington, DC on September 22, 1935. He lived in Washington, DC until he went to college, except for a few years when he lived in Germany. After returning from Germany, he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC. He attended Kenyon College, a small liberal arts college in Ohio. He attended graduate school at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for political science. After a short stint teaching at Vassar College, Steck took a job at SUNY Cortland in 1963, and he stayed until he retired in 2014. He taught at SUNY Cortland for over 50 years. Due to his service as a political science professor, Steck was awarded the Distinguished Service Professorship. In this interview, Professor Steck talks about the history of SUNY and his involvement in the progression of SUNY Cortland. He also talks about memorable events that occurred during his tenure at Cortland, including the student strike in 1970 over the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War. He also talks about the future of the college and tells what SUNY Cortland means to him.

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Tyler Enright and William Nowak are undergraduate students at SUNY Cortland and are both history majors. This interview was conducted for an oral history class with Professor Evan Faulkenbury during the fall 2018 semester.


Interview was conducted by Tyler Enright and William Nowak on October 05, 2018.


Henry Steck, Oral Histories, SUNY Cortland

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These oral histories express the personal views, memories, and opinions of the interviewee. They do not represent the policy, views, or official history of SUNY Cortland.

Steck, Henry, 2018