Stephan E. Kolitz


Kolitz, Stephan E., 70, died Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Ann F. Taubman for 10 years. Born in Jacksonville, FL, a son of the late Harry and Ruth (Moed) Kolitz, he had lived in Sharon for over 10 years, previously living in Wakefield and Andover, MA. He was a distinguished member of the technical staff in operations research at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, where he was a member of the Quarter Century Club and had also served as Director of Education.  Stephan was also a professor at UMASS Boston and Harvard Extension School. He graduated from MIT, Yale and Northwestern.  Stephan was a dedicated mentor to many students over the years and received the Howard Musoff Student Mentoring Award. Devoted father of Sarah Kolitz (Jonathan Mintz) of Cambridge and step-father of Andrew Taubman (Jenny) of Westport, CT and Lisa Blount (Jason) of Plymouth, MA. Dear brother of Byron Kolitz (Starr Silver) of Clearwater, FL. Loving grandfather of Rachel Lily, Ethan and Zachary.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave. in Providence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Dana-Farber Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02115.  Shiva and evening Minyan will be observed at 3 Wadsworth Way, Sharon on Monday 7-9 and Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.


  1. Eli Gai
    Jan 19, 2018

    I hired Steve into Draper Lab.
    In addition to his technical cabilities in operation research Steve was a great advisor to many Draper students.
    I thought that his nomination to education director was a culmination of his contribution to his students success.
    I will miss him

  2. Julie Merrell
    Jan 19, 2018

    I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Stephan. I knew him for many years at Draper Laboratory and shared many walks and laughs with him. He truly was a kind and helpful person and I my heart and prayers go out to his family and close friends.

  3. Arthur Gerstein
    Jan 20, 2018

    Stephan was a humble, caring and thoughtful person. I always enjoyed our time together and we both share a love of photography. I am deeply saddened by his passing. May he be counted amping the righteous of Zion. Shalom

  4. Lynn and Alan Mitchell
    Jan 20, 2018

    We send our sincere and deepest condolences to Ann and the entire family. We are so sorry to learn about Stephan’s passing. He was a truly wonderful person.

  5. Niecie Weiner
    Jan 21, 2018

    Stephan was a gentle sweet man who was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Our family gatherings will have a large hole for a long time. I know that I will miss him. May the love and caring that he showed to his loved ones continue to light their lives.

  6. Kathleen Granchelli
    Jan 23, 2018

    I was very saddened to hear of Stephan’s passing. At Draper we collaborated in support of MIT’s middle and high school programs for minority students. Steve was a wonderful, deeply committed director of education overseeing the Draper Laboratory Fellows Program for graduate students and personally mentoring tech staff and students while managing technical work. I appreciated being able to seek his advice while mutually supporting one another in common goals. My deepest condolences to Ann and Sarah.

  7. Arlene Friedman
    Jan 24, 2018

    Dear Ann
    So sorry to learn of Stephan’s passing. Such a kind, vibrant and loving man will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I am out of town and cannot be with you right now but know that I will be with you in spirit.

  8. Henny Moëd Roth
    Feb 19, 2018

    As the senior MOED family genealogist, it grieved me to learn of Stephan’s death from his fond brother Byron. We never met, to my great regret, because I lived in Miami before moving to Los Angeles in 1999. I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife and all his immediate family members. Fondly, cousin Henny in Los Angeles, CA.

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