Deceased July 18, 2023

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IN MEMORY

Before he died on July 18 of heart failure, Steve Kiss, with his wife, Judith, had moved to Maryland to be near their son and his family. Their son is a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. Steve was passionate about his grandson, Bailey, posting pictures of his adventures on the internet. 

Having spent the year after Amherst in law school at UVA, Steve changed course and completed a doctorate at New York University in curriculum planning. Thereafter, Steve committed himself to high school teaching. He was willing to work with both curious students and those not prepared to learn. Steve retired as a high school teacher in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., not far from where he grew up in Mamaroneck. After retirement, he taught briefly at four-year and community colleges.

Steve was active at the Elmwood Playhouse, a community theater in Nyack, N.Y., where he acted, sang and was on the board of directors. He was often cast in musicals, as he had a wonderful voice. He excelled playing Gilbert and Sullivan roles. Classmates will remember he sang with the Zumbyes, one of Amherst’s two a cappella groups. Until he moved to Maryland, he participated in the choir at the Reform Temple of Rockland County, N.Y. 

Steve honored in English at Amherst, writing his thesis on Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was a member of the DKE fraternity and a Masquer, taking roles in a number of college productions. He was memorable in The Andersonville Trial. Senior year, Steve and I were dormitory advisers and roommates in James Hall. 

Steve attended several reunions. At the 50th, we reestablished contact. Steve visited me twice in California, where we enjoyed theaters and museums. Thereafter, we talked monthly, discussing what we were reading and our families. I will miss those wide-ranging conversations. 

Bob Benedetti ’64