Steven D. Hale passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at his home in Lovettsville after a brief hospitalization. Steve and his wife, Jane, who passed two years ago, were well known and respected in the community and the equine industry. They operated a small horse farm in Lovettsville which continues today. He is survived by a brother, William Hale and his wife Phyllis, of Loveland CO, and a host of friends in Northern Virginia.
Steve was born in Columbus, Ohio, to William H. and Jean Livingston Hale on July 21, 1947. He attended Upper Arlington High School in Columbus and early on, he showed a genuine flare for science and technology by placing strongly in the Ohio 1965 State Science Fair sponsored by Westinghouse Electric.
Steve graduated from high school in Columbus in June, 1965, and enrolled in Ohio State the same year in engineering. Although Steve went on to be a brilliant technologist, the first attempt at Ohio State did not work out well and he soon enlisted in the US Navy. Six years of duty saw him emerge as a First-class Petty Officer, (E6,) in the area of secure communications. His assignments included an 18 month deployment in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he learned to fly small fixed wing aircraft and qualified as a flight instructor. In later years he refused to fly. He explained that he wasn’t afraid of dying in a crash – that Jane would kill him first if she found out he was flying!
Upon separation from active duty in the Navy in 1971, Steve enrolled in George Mason University where he obtained a degree in Business Administration in 1975. No slave to tradition, Steve immediately began work in electronics and went on to a distinguished 43 year career in technology. His first assignment was working with a development team at Ensco in Springfield, VA on a project using ground probing radar to map underground objects and later on automated measurement of railroad track geometry.
In 1980, Steve joined EIT, LLC, as an electronic development engineer in a variety of disciplines including ultraviolet radiation measurement, electrophysiology and electro cardiology, ultralow noise acceleration measurement, gas chromatography and numerous contributions in scientific measurements.
His honors included seven patents and serving as a peer reviewer for an international cardiology group.
Steve’s real love was his life with Jane on their small horse farm in Lovettsville which they operated for about forty years. They completely remodeled a log structure house mostly with their own labor. They kept and showed their horses, often in competition, during that time. In fact, they were stabling five horses at the time of Steve’s passing. Steve felt the high point of their competition was the 4th place finish in national competition at Madison Square Garden, New York, with their horse Jack.
Steve and Jane also enjoyed art and operated the Silver Fox Art Gallery for about twenty years in Leesburg, VA. They created associations with a number of accomplished artists particularly Paul Landry.
Steve is sometimes bluff persona partially concealed a fine sense of humor and a kind individual who, in concert with wife Jane, provided assistance and support to many members of the community. This was particularly so with young people.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 10 at Colonial Funeral Home, 201 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, VA. The family will receive friends at 10 AM with the Celebration of Life to follow at 11 AM. Burial will be held at the Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, VA, at 2 PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Blue Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., #405, Winchester, VA, or to Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, 17690 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg, VA 20176.