The Stephen Keale Memorial Scholarship Fund
Steve was born on November 22, 1968 in Westchester County NY and grew up in Norwalk CT. With his family he relocated to southern California in 1981, where he graduated from Newbury Park High School in Thousand Oaks. On his own Stephen later moved to northern California, residing for a time in Arcata and in Mt. Shasta, where he met Susan, his wife. They moved to Chico in 1996 to attend CSU Chico. Steve received a BS in Therapeutic Recreation in 2000. He was an occasional guest lecturer at CSUC on the topic of living with disabilities.
Steve was a co-founder and first President of Disabled Adventure Outfitters, a non-profit organization which provides wilderness experiences for people with disabilities. He enjoyed whitewater rafting and golf and was an avid movie buff. He could recite the plots of some films scene by scene. His favorite director was Akira Kurosawa of Seven Samurais fame. Stephen was also very involved with hemophilia summer camp, and was the arts and crafts director for many years. He was always patient with the children, and always encouraged them to do their best in art.
Stephen devoted his life to alleviating the suffering of others. His generous spirit, warm, caring smile and marvelous sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
Provides a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to an individual with a bleeding disorder seeking to continue or further their education in the arts.