Stephen Henderson Pitkin
July 21, 1935 – August 7, 2017
Stephen (Steve) Henderson Pitkin, 82, of Stuart FL, died suddenly on August 7 after a long illness in Stuart, Fl. Born in Harrisburg, PA 1935, he was the son of Francis Alexander and Ruth Mason Pitkin. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Marcy Trembath Pitkin; two children, Douglas Alexander Pitkin (Patricia Cain) and Laura Pitkin Delany (Bill Delany); and a granddaughter, Caroline Marcy Delany.
A graduate of William Penn High School (Harrisburg, PA) and Swarthmore College, he had a Master’s in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Steve served in the US Army and National Guard from 1960 to 1963.
Steve pursued a distinguished 40-year career devoted to effective local government and community engagement. After teaching at Penn’s Fels Institute of Government and serving as a planning consultant for nearby communities, he served as Director of Planning and later Commissioner of Community Development for Springfield, MA; Director of Planning for Caddo Parish, LA; and Director of Planning, Zoning and Community Development for Escambia County, FL. He also taught as an adjunct faculty member with Springfield College and LSU-Shreveport, and held positions with Keith and Schnarrs, Ft. Lauderdale, and as President of Robert Swarthout Inc. in Boca Raton. After moving to Martin County he was affiliated with Walter Keller, Inc. in Sewell’s Point.
Steve’s numerous achievements including reaching Eagle Scout, resuming active support for scouting after retirement; membership in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity; past president of both the Louisiana and Florida Planning Associations; active in the American Planning Association; service with Florida’s Capital Center Planning Commission; past president of Habitat for Humanity, Martin County; and past president of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Treasure Coast and the Boca Raton UU Church. Steve had a lifelong love for tennis, exploring new cities, classical music, and birding, with a lifetime count of 200 birds.
A memorial service will be held on Friday September 22nd at 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Treasure Coast, 21 Central Parkway, Stuart. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, FL (www.habitatmartin.org) or Audubon of Martin County, FL (www.audubonmartincounty.org).
Friday, September 22, 2017
Stephen Henderson Pitkin
August 28, 2017
My best wishes to the Pitkin family on the death of Steve. He was a wonderful city official in Springfield for many years and a true gentleman. Paul Sears
August 25, 2017
My deepest sympathies to you and your family on Steve's passing. I will always be grateful to him for the role he played in helping me get the best job I have ever held as Chief of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Escambia County, FL. I remember you both fondly as members of UUCP and am so sorry for your loss.
August 24, 2017
Marcy, my condolences to and your family.
Bancroft Pitkin Twaddell (great-great-great- grandson of Caleb Pitkin of Hudson, OH.)
August 24, 2017
I attended the Kiplinger meeting at the museum.. Sadly, I heard from you about the death of your husband. I want to extend my sincere condolences. If you get lonely and want to talk politics or planning issues or tell me all about your husband, I am a good listener.
August 15, 2017
Deepest condolences, Marcy - a difficult time for you and your family. Wishing you brighter days ahead, remembering the good days that you had together.
Sympathy to you and your family,
Nancy (Marcy) and Fran Deaner
August 14, 2017
Going back to Harrisburg where we were across-the-street neighbors and public school classmates, we continued to keep in touch and to get together occasionally. I cherish so many memories of this thoughtful, kind, and professionally accomplished good friend. Sincere condolences to Marcy, Doug, and Laura.
Richard and Jane
Betty Carroll Fuller
August 12, 2017
My deepest condolences my dear cousin Marcy. I enjoyed Steve's company at the family events you attended and remember him with fondness. Sending you and your children much sympathy.