Volume 18, Issue 4, Winter 2000

In Tribute Marshall T. Steves 1923-2000


Marshall Steves, an early leader on BCI’s Board of Trustees, died in his sleep on October 30, 2000, during a visit to Rome, Italy. A 13th generation San Antonian, Marshall was born February 25, 1923, in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, in 1946 and served two years aboard a U.S. Navy submarine before returning to San Antonio to run Steves and Sons. This 134-year-old building materials company is the oldest in the United States that has been run continuously by the same family.

In addition to serving as chairman of the board of Steves and Sons and Crest Metal Doors, Marshall was an active participant in numerous business, civic, environmental and social organizations. His greatest civic challenge came when he served as president of HemisFair ’68, the San Antonio World’s Fair, which drew six million visitors from around the world.

Marshall became a trustee of BCI in 1988, enthusiastically contributing his extraordinary business and social skills and opening numerous invaluable doors of opportunity for bats and BCI. Assisted by his equally talented and influential wife Patsy, Marshall organized the first introduction of leading San Antonians to the values of bats, including a trip to Bracken Cave that led to the purchase and protection of this enormously important home of the world’s largest remaining bat colony. Patsy’s personal interest and leadership continue through her participation on BCI’s Bracken Cave Committee.

While mourning her longtime friend, Lady Bird Johnson said, “I think of Marshall as one of the strongest people I knew, a person to count on in a crisis. He was a man of character, strength, good judgment, fairness and reliability. My world will be poorer without him.” I, and all of our staff and trustees at BCI, join her in these sentiments.

Marshall is survived by his wife Patsy, their three sons, Marshall, Jr., Edward and Sam, and six grandchildren.

-Merlin Tuttle

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