Elmer Andrew "Andy" Steffen Jr
Elmer Andrew "Andy" Steffen Jr
BIRTH 2 Aug 1924 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
DEATH 4 Apr 2008 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
BURIAL Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
2006 - Marian College's 69th annual commencement exercises will be Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. ...The college will confer honorary
degrees on...Andrew Steffen is a retired Indianapolis attorney who is deeply committed to promoting educational opportunities on
Marian Collegeís campus. Andy has taken to heart the teachings of Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter, a powerful advocate for civil rights
who desegregated both the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. In 2005, Andy created the Cardinal
Joseph E. Ritter Memorial Endowed
||E. Andrew Steffen|
August 2,1924 - April 4, 2008
Services: Thursday, April 10, 12:30 PM,
Marian College Chartrand Chapel
Andrew (Andy) Steffen, Attorney and Businessman, passed away on April 4, 2008 at age 83. He had been an attorney with the
Indianapolis law firm of McHale, Cook and Welch (now Bingham McHale) from 1988 until his retirement in 2003.
Prior to that he was a senior vice-president at Ameritechís corporate headquarters in Chicago, where he assisted in the formation of
Ameritech pursuant to the requirements of the Court-ordered break-up of the Bell System. While at Ameritech corporate he served
on the Boards of Directors of Wisconsin Bell and the Ameritech Foundation.
On returning to Indianapolis and the law practice in 1988, Steffen became active with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, serving
many years on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee and later on itís Foundation Board. Recently he was elected a life
member of the Orchestraís Board of Trustees. During his life, Steffen established an endowment which will continue to provide funds
for an annual concert series by the Orchestra.
An Indianapolis native, Steffen was the son of the late Elmer A. and
Marguerite Maass Steffen
He attended St. Joan of Arc grade school and Cathedral High School, and later received both undergraduate and law degrees from
Notre Dame University. While there, he was a contributor to various University literary publications, and was Editor-in-chief of the
Notre Dame Law Review.
After graduation Steffen worked for the United States Department of Justice in Indianapolis, first as law clerk to Chief Judge William E.
Steckler, and next as Assistant to United States Attorney (later Governor) Matthew E. Welsh.
Later he joined the law department of Indiana Bell, where he held various legal and management positions, including that of vice
president. During these years he was active in a number of community organizations, serving on the Boards of Concord Center
Association (and its President), and of Indianapolis Settlements, Inc. He was one of the founders and incorporators in 1957
of the Junior Achievement program in Indianapolis, and served for ten years as a member and officer of its Founding Board.
Over the years, Steffen was active in and supportive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as aforementioned, the Indianapolis
Symphonic Choir, the Indianapolis Childrenís Choir, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Indianapolis Zoological Society and White River
In June of 2005 Steffen established a major new Endowed Scholarship Fund at Marian College, which will continue to provide full
annual tuition grants to a number of financially disadvantaged students. These scholarships are designated Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter
Scholarships in memory of the late Cardinal, who was a long-time friend of the Steffen family.
Steffen was honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash by three sitting Indiana Governors, Matthew E. Welsh, Evan Bayh and Joseph
Kernan. In May 2006, at Marian College Commencement ceremonies, Steffen was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of
For many years Steffen owned and raced thoroughbred horses. He was one of three breeder-owners of Wolf Prince, a colt that
competed in the English Derby at Epsom Downs in 1993. He was a member of the Keeneland Club at Lexington, Kentucky, the
Thoroughbred Club of America, and of the National Museum of Racing at Saratoga Springs, New York.
Steffen served in the U.S. Army Infantry in World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroic Achievement in France
He is survived by his sisters, Suzanne M. Geringer and Pauline B. Shaver, both of Indianapolis, as well as ten nieces and nephews.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday April 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM in Bishop Chartrand Chapel in Marian Hall of Marian College, 3200
Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis. You are invited to visit
www. leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Andy, sign the guest book or make a memorial contribution
to an organization of the donorís choice.
The Indiana Academy to Induct Six Leaders for Lifetime Achievement and Contributions to Indiana INDIANAPOLIS, May 27, 2009 - Six
new members will be inducted into The Indiana Academy at its annual dinner and symposium on Monday, June 1, 2009, in Indianapolis...
Andrew Steffen (Indianapolis), posthumous induction, attorney with McHale, Cook and Welch (now Bingham McHale) until his retirement,
as well as former senior vice president at Ameritechís corporate headquarters in Chicago; owner and racer of thoroughbred horses; founder,
incorporator, and board member of Junior Achievement in Indianapolis, as well as elected lifetime board member of the Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra; and alumnus of the University of Notre Dame and creator of a major endowed scholarship fund at Marian College.