In Memoriam: Steven Nock

Steven L. Nock, Commonwealth Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, died in Charlottesville on Sunday, Jan. 20 after a lifelong battle with complications from diabetes. He was 57.

A memorial service and reception will be held in U.Va.'s Old Cabell Hall Auditorium from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Sociology professor Paul Kingston, a close friend of Nock, told the Cavalier Daily that his colleague rarely mentioned his illness to colleagues and friends.

During his time at the University, Nock published numerous articles in prominent sociology journals and authored several books. Kingston cited one work in particular — "Marriage in Men's Lives" — as Nock's most famous book, which "essentially showed that marriage induced guys to live a lot better than they otherwise would." Kingston said Nock also received awards and distinctions for his research.

"He loved the University with his full heart. He is the kind of professor that can make U.Va. proud," Kingston said.

Nock was very highly regarded by his colleagues and his students, sociology professor Tom Guterbock said.

Guterbock also noted that Nock was a gifted singer and often brought that talent into the office atmosphere.

"Steve loved music, and he was always singing and whistling in the hallways," Guterbock said. "Everything from Bach to country music. And we will miss hearing Steve as he walked down the hall."