Stephen Woodside Quickel passed away on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022. He was 85.
Steve was born and raised in Camp Hill, PA. His early years were spent playing with his younger brother, Ken, romping through the neighborhood with his group of pals, and playing big brother to sister Carol who was ten years his junior. Steve loved to play basketball and golf. He spent his summers at Camp Red Cloud in upstate New York, and
in later years, as a lifeguard at the community swimming pool.
Steve attended Dartmouth College, where he earned both a bachelor’s degree (‘58) and an MBA from Tuck Business School (‘59). Upon graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Irene Adcock, then joined the Navy as part of the NROTC program. He was deployed as the supply officer for the USS Lowe, a radar picket destroyer based in San Francisco, and was honorably discharged after two years of service.
In 1962, Steve’s career in journalism began at Forbes magazine, where he rose from staff writer to senior editor over a fifteen-year span. While writing and editing thousands of stories for Forbes, he acquired knowledge and experience that helped him later segue into an investment-advisory career that included a stock-picking newsletter called US Investment Report, and later a successful hedge fund that invested in a portfolio of stocks recommended in USIR. Steve continued to publish USIR for 33 years, until 2017.
Steve and Irene were divorced in 1973. He relocated from Chatham, New Jersey to Manhattan, where he lived for the next thirty years. Within that time he married Harriet Miller (1978). They separated in 1996.
Steve was proud of his family. His children have fond memories of canoeing with him in the Adirondacks, and hiking in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and on the Appalachian Trail. His son, Stephen J., attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1982. He eventually became a technology executive for a Philadelphia-based investment firm. His daughter, Jenny, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. She taught art at The Haverford School for 25 years and is now a full-time artist.
Steve had four grandchildren; Kori, Sarah, Sage and Stephen V. He enjoyed visiting with them each summer at White Pine Camp in the northern Adirondacks where the family relished an annual week of outdoor fun. This happy gathering also included his partner of many years, Mary Ann Reeser, and her extended family.
Steve spent the final years of his life at the Lima Estates retirement community in Media, PA., where family was always close by. He loved historical non-fiction, Ogden Nash poems, reciting Edgar Allen Poe, listening to music, and watching classic movies. Steve was in the process of writing a book designed to educate and inform the “future voters of America”. He happily anticipated time spent with the “Lima Beans”; a group of friends who would meet for social lunches. He took part in music and history-themed clubs. Steve competed, and often placed, in the Lima annual putting competition.
Steve is survived by his brother, Dr. Kenneth E. Quickel Jr. (Mary); children, Stephen J. (Cheryl) and Jenny Q. Waring (Jeff); grandchildren, Kori B. Waring, Sage Walker (Eli), and Stephen V. Quickel (fiancé Ruut Schapiro); nephews, Dr. Robert Quickel (Sarah), David Quickel, Kenneth Gouse (Gloria) and Dennis Gouse (Kim); niece, Mary Beth Quickel. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Kenneth E. Quickel and Carolyn Chick Quickel; sister, Carolyn Gouse; and granddaughter, Sarah J. Quickel.
Funeral arrangements are private, and will be limited to the family.