Steven Derby, Development and Alumni Relations

Steven R. Derby, former assistant VP of development services at the University of Pennsylvania, died on November 4. He was 70.

Mr. Derby graduated from Lower Moreland High School in 1965. He received his BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and earned his MBA from Wharton in 1973.  He actively served in the US Army for 15 months starting in 1969. He attended the Defense Language Institute and graduated as a Russian linguist.

In 1973, Mr. Derby took on the position of assistant to the director of alumni annual giving at Penn. Five years later he became an associate development officer in development and alumni relations. He was quickly promoted to director, and then in 1987 became assistant VP of development services. He left Penn in 1988 to become vice president of development at Temple University, then spent a few years in private consulting before accepting a position at Riddle Memorial Hospital as vice president of development. He retired in 2017.

Mr. Derby is survived by his wife, Marilyn;  children, Michael (Ashley) and Peter (Lauren); brother, Scott H. (Wendy); and grandchildren, Grayson Leigh, Ryder Lane, Penelope Jane and John Michael.