Steven James Schwan, 64, Veterans Affairs official


Steven James Schwan, a retired Veterans Affairs official, died of lung cancer Tuesday at his Columbia home. He was 64.

Born in Salt Lake City, he attended Stanford University and the University of Utah, where he earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy. He also did graduate work at Cornell University.

In 1966, he joined the Veterans Administration in Salt Lake City and subsequently held posts in Roseburg, Ore., and Milwaukee. He moved to Columbia in 1973, when he transferred to VA headquarters in Washington.

He retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1994 as chief of the Wage Survey Division, but until last year did office work at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Mr. Schwan had been active in the Central Maryland Microcomputer Users' Group since the early 1980s and also attended concerts, played bridge and enjoyed square dancing.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Survivors include his wife of one year, Betty Jones; three daughters, Clara Dixon of Richville, N.Y., Lenore Studt of Columbia and Joan Schwan of Sebastopol, Calif.; a sister, Jane Hunsaker of Helena, Mont.; and eleven grandchildren. His wife of 40 years, the former Sylvia Simon, died in 2000.

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