Steve Earl Dessens

Steve Dessens

Steven Earl Dessens passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 after battling pancreatic cancer.  Steve was born in Rockdale, Texas on November 25, 1955 to loving parents, Bill and Norma Dessens.  He was raised in Rockdale, Austin and finally Houston, where he graduated from Westbury High School in 1974.  He then attended Sam Houston State University (B.S., Chemistry, 1977), Rice University (Graduate Studies) and Tulane University (Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, 1985).

After graduation, he performed cancer research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for approximately three years, but was drawn by his desire to teach others.  He left M.D. Anderson in 1990 to begin a 27-year career as a full-time instructor at Houston Community College.  At HCC, he primarily taught Chemistry, but assisted in teaching Biology and at times served as the head of the Physical Sciences Department.  His passion for teaching was recognized when he was awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, as well as HCC’s Academic Excellence Award in 2010.  He continued to teach full-time until cancer forced a medical leave in the Summer of 2017.

Outside of teaching, Steve had a passion for playing the violin with friends.  He performed for many years with the Houston Sinfonietta, as well as with smaller groups for events or just enjoyment at a home.  Steve maintained numerous friendships that dated back to his high school or even junior high school days.

Steve is preceded in death by his father, Bill Dessens. 

He is survived by his mother, Norma Dessens; brothers, David Dessens (Lisa) and Mark Dessens (Yvette); nephews, Adrien, Derek, Kyle and Sean Dessens; and many other loving family members and friends.

In Celebration of his Life, Memorial Services will be held at Tallowood Baptist Church, 555 Tallowood Road in Houston, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15th.  A reception with light refreshments will be held on the church campus immediately following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Sinfonietta, Tallowood Baptist Church, or the charity of your choice.