Steven Hutchins, 54, health-care worker

Hutchins
Hutchins
Posted: June 27, 2012

Editor's note: The address of the church holding services has been corrected from an earlier version.

STEVEN E. HUTCHINS was a man who gave himself to the service of people with a variety of needs, such as health care, drug addiction and literacy, working with the elderly, adolescents, prisoners — just about anyone who needed his brand of compassion and expertise.

"He gave a lot of himself, his time, his energy," his family said. "He was always interested in the community. He was a caregiver, a mentor, a professor, a friend and a companion. He was an all-around good guy."

Steven Hutchins, whose most recent work was helping people with drug and behavioral problems through the highly regarded STOP (Sobriety Through OutPatient Inc.) program, a former teacher with Opportunities Industrialization Center's literacy project, a university professor and an Army veteran of Desert Storm, died June 17 of complications of a stroke. He was 54 and lived in West Philadelphia.

In addition to his professional associations, Steven tutored people who needed academic help in his community. Steven was born in Philadelphia to Robert Hutchins Sr. and Muriel Hutchins. He graduated from West Catholic High School and went on to Lincoln University's School of Business Administration, from which he received a bachelor's degree in 1978. He studied at the Temple University School of Social Administration, then earned a master of human services degree from Lincoln University in 1994. His master's thesis was "Cultural Competence and Consumer Retention: A Staff Training Model."

Steven then studied at the Fielding Institute/Cambridge College, in Cambridge, Mass., from which he received a doctorate in educational leadership and change.

During Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91, he served in the Middle East with the 7th Medical Command. He had been a member of the Army Reserves since 1986.

Steven taught as an adjunct professor at Lincoln and Philadelphia universities while pursuing other occupations. He was director of special needs, health care and educational development for Oxford/Oaktree Health Plans, Gaudenzia Inc., PRWT Inc. and Magellan Behavioral Health Systems.

He also was associated with Mustard Seed Inc., in Bensalem, which serves children and adults with disabilities, those affected by HIV/AIDS and teen mothers.

He was corrections supervisor and homeless-shelter resident coordinator for Volunteers of America.

Steven evaluated inmates in the county penal system to determine appropriate level of care placement and referral, providing written reports to judges, attorneys and treatment providers. He worked with the District Attorney's Office, the defenders association and municipal judges to determine suitable treatment plans for inmates.

Steven was such a committed reader that his sister, Barbara Hutchins Corsey, said that her brother "read everything that was ever written."

Besides his sister, he is survived by his parents and a brother, Robert Hutchins Jr.

Services: Memorial service 11:30 a.m. July 6 at Shiloh Apostolic Temple, 15th and Master streets. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Penn Transplant Institute, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia PA. 

Contact John F. Morrison at 215-854-5573 or morrisj@phillynews.com.

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