PRESQUE ISLE – David E. Steere, 78, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Presque Isle Nursing Home. Born Nov. 13, 1925, in La Crescent, Minn., he spent most of life in Chicago, Ill., before moving to Presque Isle with his wife, Dr. Judith Cushing Burleigh, in 1997. An inspiration to all who knew him, Mr. Steere was left legally blind by an illness in 1968, but went on to earn university degrees and distinguish himself as a university administrator and mathematics and computer science instructor. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard ships in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and earning the rank of Electronic Technicians Mate 1/C. He then worked in the Chicago area for ATT’s Long Lines Division. After loss of vision compelled his early retirement, he earned a BA in mathematics from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a master’s degree and certificate of advanced study from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He then served as Roosevelt University’s registrar and later became systems manager in the university’s development office. At Roosevelt he also taught part-time. After retirement he moved to Presque Isle, childhood home of his wife Dr. Burleigh, who retired from a professorship at Roosevelt. In addition to his wife, he will be greatly missed by his son, Michael David Steere and his wife, Sue Cross, of Los Angeles, Calif.; granddaughters, Arielle Lincoln Steere and Kai Jackson-Issa, of Atlanta, Ga.; and great-grandson, Ajani Issa; his siblings, Lulu Evangeline Hillig of Tryon, N.C., Lauris Steere Guetzkow of San Jose, Calif., Lowell Beale Steere of St. Pauls, N.C., and Monica Steere Ford of Dodge Center, Minn. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dolores Zajicek Steere. Mr. Steere, eager to help others who face challenges such as his, advised victims of vision loss to get psychological counseling and support and seek the help of low-vision specialists, to make the most of their individual capabilities. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 52 Second St., Presque Isle, with the Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Following the service the family will receive visitors at a memorial reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library, The Presque Isle Nursing Home, or St. John’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Duncan-Graves Funeral Home. <>