A. Steven Walleck

Obituary for A. Steven Walleck

February 13, 1944 - September 5, 2019
Westlake, Ohio | Age 75

Loving Father and Grandfather


Albert Steven Walleck, 75, passed away peacefully on September 5th, 2019 after a 14-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born February 13th, 1944 in Pittsburgh, PA; son of Albert John Walleck and Mae (O'Donnell) Walleck.

Steven was a graduate of Shady Side Academy, Harvard College ('66) and Harvard Business School ('71). He was a National Merit Scholar and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany after college, where he worked for TIME Magazine and developed a lifelong love for captivating stories. After completing business school, Steven began his 25-year tenure at consulting firm McKinsey & Co. There, he led projects across the globe, and eventually became a director at the firm. At the peak of his career, he was the very emblem of 80's acumen; he cut a grand figure with his high-shouldered suits on the Concorde flying to Europe. He penned long WSJ articles exploring new business ideas, and, by his former colleagues, he is remembered as a complex character who valued loyalty, education, and the written word.

In the later years of his professional life, Steven became the CEO of several companies across a variety of industries, including Magnetic Data Technologies and AZ Automotive, before finally becoming an independent consultant.
Career played a dominant role in Steven's life, but his interests extended far beyond the world of business. He loved to go for long early morning runs with his dogs by his side, and in his youth he once climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. He always loved California, and especially San Francisco, more than any other place in the world. He had a passion for old cars and boats– he even once owned JFK's limousine (not that one, another one). He preferred Sousa marches and Mozart, was a voracious reader, and adored movies of all genres– especially soaring war epics. After his trademark candle-lit spaghetti dinners paired with red wine and followed with Häagen-Dazs, when asked if he had enjoyed it, he never failed to reply, "What there was of it."

To Steven, the world was a fantastical and mysterious place, filled with grand happenings and huge opportunities. He could convince anyone to see what he saw, using his powers of persuasion and storytelling, whether it was a client or his children for a bedtime story. He recalled adventures like speaking to the grandson of Napoleon's drummer boy while on assignment in Yugoslavia, or riding in an open-top Land Rover Defender with President Julius Nyerere in Tanzania. He met fortune-tellers, giants, and kings in their palaces, and by listening, you might think you had too.

Steven will be remembered for his legendary work ethic, his infectious charm, and his extraordinary intellect. He is survived by his four children, Andrew, Catherine, Oliver, and Christopher, his two grandchildren, Margot and Hugh, his former wife Sarah, as well as his two sisters Dorothy and Carol. Services will be private, with a public memorial to be scheduled soon. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local library branch, or Steven's favorite, the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107. If you would like to share any memories of Steven with his family, or to receive more information about his upcoming memorial service, please write to whattherewasofit@gmail.com. (440) 333-9774 www.buschcares.com

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