Steve Nock Obit - 1/23/08
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Steven L. Nock of Charlottesville died on Sunday, January 20, 2008, after a
life-long battle with complications from diabetes.
A memorial service and reception will be held in Old Cabell Hall on the Lawn
at the University of Virginia from 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday, January 26,
He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 11, 1950, to Frank Nock and Edna
Hinson Nock. Steven graduated from the University of Richmond in 1972 and
received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts in
1976. He taught at Tulane University prior to coming to the University of
Virginia Department of Sociology in 1978, where he taught until his death.
Steven was a beloved, respected, and flamboyant teacher of undergraduate and
graduate students. In 1992 he received an All University Outstanding Teacher
of the Year Award. He was an accomplished scholar who published extensively
in professional journals. His most significant contribution, Marriage in
Men's Lives, won the 1999 William J. Goode Book Award from the American
Sociological Association. He worked in the Department of Health and Human
Services as a consultant on American family policy.
Steven was active in local civic and arts organizations. He served on the
board of the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way for 25 years. He sang with the
Charlottesville Peace Choir and the Charlottesville Oratorio Society, where
he met Judy Gary. He and Judy subsequently formed the Virginia Consort, a
vocal ensemble. Steven was also a member of the Church of Our Savior Choir
for many years.
Aside from his many professional achievements, Steven leaves a legacy of
outlandish tales and spontaneous bursts of laughter. He was comfortable
talking to people in all walks of life and had a genuine interest in what
they had to say. He loved landscaping, tinkering with cars, the freedom of a
fast motorcycle and the smooth ride of his Corvette. He built a go-cart for
his nephews and had as much fun riding it as they did.
Throughout his life and all of his medical setbacks, Steven exhibited a joie
de vivre surpassed by none. Most friends and colleagues were not aware of
his various health issues, which proves how selfless he was.
Steven will remain in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known
He is survived by Daphne Spain, his wife of 36 years; his brother, Bill and
his wife, Barbara; niece, Elizabeth and her husband, Brian; sister-in-law,
Marsha and her husband, Jeff Fuller; nephews, Jet and Steven Fuller.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Hospice of the
Piedmont in Charlottesville, 2200 Old Ivy Rd., Suite 2, Charlottesville, VA
22903 or The Virginia Consort, 1658 Brandywine Dr., Charlottesville, VA
Published in the Daily Progress on 1/23/2008.
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