Mr. Steve H. Graham, 74, of Sabillasville, Md., passed away
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at the Kline Hospice House, Mt. Airy, Md.
Born Feb. 25, 1945, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Donald
A. and Virginia Steck Graham. He lived his early life in the
Mr. Graham graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Class
of 1964. He later received his B.S.in psychology from Mount St. Mary’s
College, Emmitsburg, Md., in 1971. He also had 13 educational trips to
Mr. Graham worked from 1972 until 1977 as the director of the
Salisbury Zoo in Maryland. He later worked from 1977 until 1982 as the
director of the Baltimore Zoo and from 1982 until 1992 as the director
of the Detroit Zoological Parks Department, including Detroit Zoo,
Belle Isle Zoo, and Belle Isle Aquarium. He retired in 1992.
Following his retirement, he was the interim executive director of the
Wicomico County Humane Society from 1999 until 2000. In 2001, he was
the interim executive director of the SPCA of the Eastern Shore.
He was a member of the American Association of Zoological Parks and
Aquariums, where he was a professional fellow member from 1971 until
1991; American Association of Museums, where he was a contributing
trustee; the American Ornithologists Union; Committee to Preserve
Assateague Island, Inc.; International Union for Conservation of
Nature and Natural Resources, Species Survival Commission, Asian
Elephant Specialist Group; the National Chimpanzee Breeding and
Research Program Advisory Committee; The Nature Conservancy; NAACP
Gold Life Member; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Jane Goodall Institute;
The Institute at Renfrew Board of Directors; and Waynesboro Historical
Society Board of Directors.
Mr. Graham was a former member of the Wicomico Humane Society,
president; Wicomico Environmental Trust Chairman; Holy Land
Conservation Fund Board of Directors; Baltimore Attractions
Association, president; Foodbank of the Eastern Shore, past chairman;
SPCA of the Eastern Shore, past president; Johns Hopkins University,
adjunct professor; Arizona Primate Foundation Advisory Board; Ward
Wildfowl Foundation Advisory Board; Wayne State University, Department
of Biological Science, adjunct assistant professor; and the Virginia
Foundation for Natural Resources Board of Trustees
He was proud to have been a recovering alcoholic who was also a
published author, having written Amiable Little Beasts in 1980 and
Sunset at the Zoo in 2016. Steve also enjoyed antiques and attending
He is survived by one daughter, Hilary R. Jenner, of Hartly, Del.;
two grandchildren, Brianna and Ralynn Jenner; one sister, Melissa
Johns, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and two nieces, Amanda and Cassandra.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019,
in the Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, 105 E. Main Street, with the
Rev. Ruth Ward officiating. Burial will be private in Green Hill
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The
Institute at Renfrew, 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268.
Arrangements were made by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.