Stephen Garrett joined the Monterey Institute of International Studies faculty in 1974, specializing in teaching courses on U.S. foreign policy, ethics and international affairs, and the intelligence community. It was with great sadness that the MIIS community received news of his passing on Saturday, June 11, after a brave struggle over the past few months following a recent surgery.
Professor Garrett was a beloved member of the Monterey Institute faculty, inspiring students with his knowledge and wonderful spirit. For 37 years he kept pushing students to do their very best work while infecting them with his endless enthusiasm and sharp humor. Alumni from around the world have kept in touch with Steve over the years as he served as mentor, teacher, and friend. He left an indelible mark with members of the MIIS community near and far, as demonstrated by the great number of cards and letters he received from students and alumni during his illness.
“The family asked us to pass along just how wonderful all the cards sent to Steve were, and how much they meant to him. Each and every card was read to him, and he was so grateful, as was his family,” said Leah Gowron, director of alumni relations.
An appropriate remembrance honoring Professor Garrett will be organized when faculty and students return to campus in the fall, and announced to the Institute community and alumni.