Born in Philadelphia, he had been a resident of Princeton for the past
Steven H. Spewak, 53, of Princeton, died March 29 in Alexandria, Va.
20 years. He was a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where he
earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees; and the University of Michigan, where
he earned a Ph.D. in business administration. He was the proprietor of
a management consulting practice with offices in Princeton and Washington,
D.C. He was also an author, consultant, and lecturer on enterprise architecture
planning to dozens of national and international organizations, corporations,
and government agencies.
He is survived by his mother, Maxine Spewak; two sons, Jonathan D. and
Matthew C.; and a brother, Michael.
The funeral service was April 2 at Orland's Memorial Chapel in Ewing
Township. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's
What I remember most about Steve is his love for music; all kinds. One
day, when I visited him at his home in Princeton, he sat at his Grand
Piano and played for me alone for about an hour and a half. He played
Steve and I met in 1992. He was my mentor. We started working together shortly thereafter. We clicked immediately and felt that we could make each other successful. We became long-time friends. And we were looking to go into business together. In 1994 the opportunity presented itself, and we started Enterprise Architects to provide consulting based on his EAP methodology. Steve’s insight of method matters was enormous. We tried several times to rewrite the EAP book; only to find that the new idea was already addressed in the existing work.
Steve proved to be a very patient teacher. I learned a lot from him. He was very much respected in the IT community. I remember, of course, how he was accepted as a friend of the family,
especially by my daughter, who was three or four at the time. Steve was a friend of children. He was very generous. I feel privileged to have known him so closely and to have worked with him for such a long time.
He is irreplaceable and will be missed.
Steve loved to explore cuisine from all over the world. Spices did not scare him, in fact the spicier the better for him. He appreciated beers from all over the world and he enjoyed touring Europe to taste their authenticity. He also enjoyed a good red wine.
He had a love for the Beatles and a passion for the play of words. Steve was a great entertainer on the piano. Children enjoyed his company and appreciated the way he was willing to play at their level.
Steve will be remembered as fun loving and surely missed.
I feel honored to have brought him in into the Department of Energy so many years ago to help my organization with its very first EA effort. This set into motion so many important outcomes not only for the department, but also for the betterment of Federal Enterprise Architecture. I was looking forward to interacting with him in this new era of enterprise architecture acceptance. I will continue to incorporate his work reverently into my future architecture endeavors.
My sympathies go out to his family. He will be fondly remembered and his EAP methodology will always be seen as seminal work in the practice of enterprise architecture.
Chief Architect, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
This is a tremendous loss to our young profession. Steve made foundational contributions in approach and practice. He was generous with his time and was a tremendous mentor to many. I will fondly remember the meetings, planning sessions, and occasional dinners with Steve. May I also extend my sympathies to his family and suggest that we recognize Steve's seminal contribution to the field of Enterprise Architecture during forthcoming events and publications.
With great sadness.
Scott A. Bernard, Ph. D.,
Assistant Professor and Director, Washington DC programs
School of Information Studies Syracuse University
What a loss... We here would like to join with others who wish to honor his memory.
President & CEO
Computas NA, Inc
He was a good friend and colleague, and this is a big loss to the EA community. We appreciated his knowledge and insights into EA during our work with him and were looking forward to working with him again.
What a loss - he was an important part of my career and I held him in highest esteem.
Bureau of Industry & Security, Dept. of Commerce
Steve was a great teacher. When enterprise architecture was a completely new, foreign term in the Government, he came in and gave clear, practical guidance on its application and use. It was wonderful to be in one of his seminars. I can remember many occasions when classmates has "AH-HAH!" experiences as the light of comprehension went on!! He will sorely be missed!!!
This is certainly a terrible loss to the EA community and in my opinion to the world as a whole because the work that Dr. Spewak was doing had the potential to impact such significant change in helping us make better use of technology to provide improved capabilities. I am personally indebted to him in providing me with a deeper understanding of enterprise architecture through his book and his lectures. I have used his book for all of my classes that I teach on Enterprise Architecture and was anxiously awaiting the release of the new book that he was writing. I extend my sincere condolences to Steve's family and to all of those close to him.
IRM College, National Defense University