Steve Grant

Profile Updated: May 17, 2019
Residing In: Bethesda, MD USA
Spouse/Partner: Sharon Sforzini Grant
Occupation: independent scholar; retired US State Department
Children: Elliot, born 1970; died 12/24/2017 (Obituary in Knights' Forum)

Gainfully unemployed.

Taught for a few years (GWU), became a research associate at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (Smithsonian's Wilson Center) and published a couple reference works. Became a freelance researcher/writer, then joined the US Information Agency's Office of Research. Spent three years in Moscow - 1982-85 - with family, at the embassy as a cultural affairs officer (fun to be there after Reagan's "evil empire" speech!).

Returned to head the Russia and Eurasia branch of the office and began conducting public opinion polls in all of the former Soviet Union in 1989. Retired in 2004, not long after USIA was folded into the State Dept. Have returned to my first love - history. My first monograph appeared in 2012 (see photos).

Love tennis, golf, poker, travel, anything life affords. Joined a "men only" book club in 2016 -- reading (alternately) nonfiction and fiction. Keeps the grey cells from dying off too quickly!

Our family is getting through a rough patch health-wise with the love and support of family and friends. Thanks.

School Story:

One fond memory is that we were the first class allowed to hold our senior prom in San Francisco.

Life-shifting insight at LAHS: taking Latin freshman year, meeting instructor James Marshall who taught up a storm -- and then some; learning he made $16 an hour (!!!) tutoring Latin outside of school; realizing one could actually make a living teaching.

Life-changing moment at LAHS: walking into the classroom of the sweetest faculty member at LAHS -- Ernie Carleton -- for elementary Russian sophomore year, with Jerry Hearn, Sylvia Salassi et al.; getting acquainted with the language, culture, and people of "the enemy;" and falling in love with all of it. I was hooked and that's been my life.

What's the farthest you've been from home?

probably Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia

or Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia

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Jun 03, 2019 at 9:33 AM

The only time I shared a classroom with Delos was my first year in Los Altos, in Mr. Hill's 8th-grade class at Covington.  His infectious good humor and smarts were on abundant display then.  With the passing of both Carolyn Somers and now Delos it feels like everything about that wonderful time is diminished. So very sad. 

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May 24, 2019 at 3:02 PM
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May 17, 2019 at 4:03 PM

Welcome to the club, Pat! Nice to have you join us. Haven't taken up pickleball yet -- still playing tennis. But one of these days . . .

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:33 AM

When I moved to Los Altos in 1957 and entered Covington for 8th grade, it was into Mr. Hill's class I was put. Carolyn was in the class. As I got to know her, her sweetness, kindness, and beauty stole my heart away.

She was great pals with Joanne Griffin (Holland), and I was so happy being around both of them and feeling free to talk about anything and everything with them. The summer after graduation was one of the happiest I can recall, thanks to my friendship with Carolyn and Joanne.

So sorry Carolyn couldn't make it to recent reunions. I had so wanted to renew our friendship, spend some time together, to get a round of golf in with her. With fondest memories, Steve

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Feb 17, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Posted on: Feb 14, 2019 at 1:18 PM

To all my wonderful well-wishers on "my" day, a million thanks and my own best wishes for a happy Valentine's Day! It's amazing to me -- and a never-ending source of awe -- that the fires we banked in 1958-1962 are still burning and offering us so much warmth and comfort even after all these years.
P.S. A special shout-out to John Raymond, whose day we're also celebrating today.

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Feb 15, 2019 at 2:42 AM

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Dec 06, 2018 at 9:33 AM

I never had the pleasure of knowing John up close and personal in our school days but feel I'd gotten to know him very well through the joy of his website writing. With his passing, things have grown a little dimmer down here because there's another star in the firmament.

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Oct 06, 2018 at 1:33 AM

When I think of Julia there is just one word that comes to mind: vivacious. She was one of the sweetest and kindest girls of my memory. I always smiled whenever I drove by her house. Fare thee well, dear friend.

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Posted on: Jun 19, 2018 at 9:14 PM

Congrats on your recent move, Pam. Sounds like an ideal place for you and Ruth.

I never realized before, but in glancing at your profile I see that you and Sharon were born just one day apart! You barely missed sharing Beethoven's birthday . . .
Cheers, Steve

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May 24, 2018 at 5:33 AM

Farewell, Sue. Your wondrous smile and laughing face brightened every/any day I saw you in school.   I love the paintings posted in our gallery -- a great talent. Classmate and friend, your memory shines.

Feb 15, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Belated happy birthday. This day this year was unique: a birthday, Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday! a real 3-for-3!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 6:49 PM

Posted on: Feb 14, 2018 at 4:05 PM

To all my wonderful classmates who've posted warm wishes for me today -- and for any who might do so after this posting -- I feel blessed for all the love and kind wishes you've sent this way. Like Antaeus touching the earth, I gain strength every time I return to our website and the embrace of those I've known for over five decades. Love to you all.

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Feb 15, 2018 at 10:12 AM

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:53 PM
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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:50 PM

Looks like we've survived another year, compadre. Not a very good one for me (and Sharon), so I hope yours was much better. Let's celebrate our shared special day!

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Jan 04, 2018 at 5:33 PM

Thank you for a lovely remembrance, Barbara.

It's been a very sad holiday season for too many of us.

Francie was a favorite of mine -- always full of fun, life, and playfulness. Wish she'd been able to make it to the 50th; I was looking forward to seeing her after all those years. But I had the great pleasure of speaking with her at length on the phone at that time. We renewed our friendship and that is a good memory for me.

She bore her final illness with grace and dignity. That is another very good memory for all of us.


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Jan 13, 2018 at 12:46 PM

Posted on: Dec 28, 2017 at 4:08 PM

To all those who have offered kind thoughts and condolences, a million thanks from Sharon and me. Many of you have suffered similar losses, I know, and have borne this terrible burden far longer than we have. I return all your sympathy and wish us all the strength to persevere and the hope of better days.

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Dec 25, 2017 at 3:33 PM
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Oct 19, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Sylvia, you've done a fantastic job keeping us all informed about the threats and dangers coming from all the fires -- and about the safety of all our classmates. Just wanted to add one more hearty "Thanks!" to the long list you've already received. You're the best!! Cheers, Steve

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