Steven Wade Depp: 1945-2011

We at Fight Colorectal Cancer were shocked and deeply saddened by the death of board member Steven Depp on May 9.

Steve was an extraordinary volunteer and advocate for people living with colon and rectal cancer.  He worked hard to promote screening and end death and suffering from colorectal cancer.

He had advanced colon cancer and had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, although both cancers were in remission until very shortly before his death.

He brought both his personal experience with cancer and a strong scientific background to his work with Fight Colorectal Cancer as a member of the board of directors and an advocate with members of Congress.Steve Depp with Congressional Staff

Steve had a doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In his first job after graduate school, he worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico where his group developed radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that has become E-ZPass on major highways.  After moving to IBM, he was closely involved in developing the flat liquid crystal displays that have enabled light, portable laptop computers, cell phones, and flatscreen televisions.  He holds 8 patents for his work.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, his son Colin, his daughter-in-law Krista and his grandson Alexander.

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