Steve was an enthusiastic equestrian who enjoyed breeding, training and showing Arabian horses. Throughout his career he competed and earned numerous blue ribbons.
Utilizing the Eldridge Cleaver Papers held at the Bancroft Library, this article explores his transition from Black Panther to born-again Christian and anticommunist crusader reveals distinct categories of race constructed and enforced by American religious conservatism.
Early Life and Education
Steve Eldridge hails from Murphysboro, Illinois. After graduating high school with his National Letter of Intent to Rend Lake College Track & Field team next year and compete in long jump and triple jump events he received his acceptance letter to attend Rend Lake College and compete on their track and field team in long jump and triple jump events.
According to federal court documents, Eldridge was engaged in an illegal drug ring. On July 2, 2015 he shot 20-year-old Tavin Yeakey with a drive-by shooting on Lynn Street in Indianapolis; witnesses observed a white van pull up and someone inside opened fire upon Yeakey, with bullets striking his head before later succumbing at Eskenazi Hospital.
Outside of work, Steve enjoyed fishing and spending time with his German Shephard dogs. Additionally, he was an avid follower of blues music.
Steve has been with Abbott since its establishment in 1928. Abbott provides information, medicines and breakthroughs that help people live fully and flourish.
She oversees both archiving and curating activities as well as visitor services programs at the Museum, with particular interest in how museums present historical and cultural information to their audiences.
As she began her career at the Museum as a docent, later transitioning into educator. Now in her current position she develops and leads programs across grade levels based on state curriculum standards.
He and Lisa own a home in North Pole, Alaska where their four children love him for his thoughtfulness and kindness – often attending their concerts and sporting events! He is also an active member of Southwest Church of Christ in Amarillo.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Eldridge is an experienced trial attorney with expertise in litigating civil matters from all areas, such as class actions, mass torts, personal injury and products liability cases to environmental matters. His clients include large corporations as well as smaller businesses and individuals he has represented throughout his career.
Eldridge was a long-time Coast Guard Academy wrestling coach and was honored to receive induction into both the CGA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989 and National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame in 1995. Additionally, he established women’s cross country at the Academy.
Chrysalis Records hired him as their A&R director, where he signed The Specials/2-Tone to an unprecedented contract that gave the Coventry group its own label identity. He has also worked with Madness and The Selecter; thanks to his unique talent of translating words into music he has received many awards over time.
Steve Eldridge is an award-winning middle school music educator in Chicago’s western suburbs. In addition to teaching general music at River Trails Middle School in Riverside, Illinois, he directs both choirs and steel band choirs, writes musicals for both jazz ensemble and steel band ensemble, composes scores and has even composed original musical scores!
He made his mark upon emerging just as bro-country began its long decline, quickly becoming a regular feature on Country Top Ten charts with romantic pop tunes such as 2016’s breezy “Love Someone”. Since then he has released five albums including X (2014) and Royalty (2015).
Eldridge was an active member of the Sturgis Junior Women’s League and found great joy in flower gardening, shopping, feeding her many dogs, and spending time with her three granddaughters. Along with her immediate family members and co-workers at school, she leaves many close friends as well.
Stephen Eldridge has been in business for 49 years, founding his own retirement plan administration firm. Known for his expertise in interpreting and complying with ERISA guidelines, his firm has assisted hundreds of clients manage their employee benefit needs.
Eldridge has long been an advocate of liberal causes and donated generously to many Democratic candidates across the country. Additionally, he serves on the board of Scenic Hudson–“the largest environmental group dedicated to the Hudson Valley–where he actively advocates climate change mitigation and waterfront protection programs.
Longtime Shokan, New York resident. Married and the father of two daughters. Enjoys spending time with his family – attending music recitals and sporting events together, as well as celebrating fatherhood through his children. Children love having him around.