Remembering Mike Steele

James Michael Steele, 55, died of respiratory failure on August 11, 2003, after a courageous seven-month battle against colon cancer. Shown here on the left (with sister-in-law Sheree and brother Hal), Mike was devoted to family, study of the French language and classical music. He and wife Carole were active in Washington, D.C., area community theater. He worked as a research engineer for a defense contractor, contributing over
30 years to many U.S. Navy and counter-terrorism programs vital to the nation's defense.