Steven Wallace Effler, 70, of Syracuse, died Good Friday at Francis House. Steve was born in Syracuse, and was a 1964 graduate of Central Tech High School. He continued his studies at the University of Notre Dame in Chemical Engineering and earned his Master’s Degree at the Polymer Science Institute at Akron University. He earned a PhD from Syracuse University in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Environmental Science. His dissertation focused on pollution in the sediments of Onondaga Lake.
Steve founded Upstate Freshwater Institute and served as Director of Research. He led the research group in studies of the Great Lakes, Finger lakes, rivers, streams, the New York City drinking water reservoirs, and the lake closest to his heart—Onondaga Lake. A world renowned limnologist, he authored more than 250 peer reviewed articles and the definitive book on urban lakes. He also received numerous awards for his scientific contributions and achievements. Along with his deep commitment to his profession, Steve enjoyed jazz and was on the board of directors of CNY Jazz. He played a good golf game, enjoyed quality beer with family and friends, and was so proud of his children, their spouses and his grandson.
Predeceased by his parents, Herman and Carolyn Effler; and an infant son, Steven Wallace Effler, Jr.; he is survived by his wife, Kathleen Mary O’Donnell Effler; his children, Erika Summers-Effler (Aaron), Damian Effler (Colby Lindeman), and Adam Effler (Hayley); "adopted children", Nicole (Phil), Erik, and Sue; and his grandson, Alexander.
The celebration of his life will include calling hours from 3-6 Friday, April 21 and a Funeral Mass Saturday, April 22 at 1:00. Both of these will be at All Saints Church, 1340 Lancaster Ave., Syracuse. The festivities will continue Saturday at Drumlins Country Club from 5-9.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, cnyjazz.org.
Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.