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Celebration of Life for Steven Kopke on Nov. 25

November 14, 2017

A celebration of life honoring Steven Thomas Kopke, who passed away on Nov. 4, will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, at Lake City Church, 6000 N Ramsey Road in Coeur d'Alene. All are welcome to attend.

Steven graduated from Boise High School in 1976. He attended the University of Idaho where he studied architecture. He was member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. While at U of I, he was employed by the University of Idaho Facilities Department and went on to create a successful career in the hospitality arena, notably with the Marriott Corporation and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Steven served for several years on the College of Art and Architecture advisory board. His profound gift to the University of Idaho was his massive effort in working with university alumni, students, faculty and staff to restore the College of Art and Architecture in 2005. The University of Idaho Administration had dissolved the College of Art and Architecture in 2002 and Steven worked tirelessly for more than two years to galvanize alumni, raise funds and argue for the restoration, renewal and revitalization of the college. Steven and his dedicated alumni friends created an online foundation in support of their efforts. He had a strong, personal passion toward the college and its original concept of collaborative, multi-disciplinary, design-based education for architects, landscape architects, artists and graphic designers. He believed in the importance of this institution, its rich history, and its impact on the great sate of Idaho. He will be long remembered as a remarkable leader by those who served with him in this memorable effort.

A full obituary can be found online

Steven Kopke

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