October 18, 2019

Alumni United Spotlight: Steve Cruise

When did you first start supporting United Way?

My first year at Deloitte (was called Deloitte Haskins & Sells in the 1980’s). I spent my entire career working for Deloitte – kind of a rare thing these days. During career I traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally. I have lots of great memories of the people and places I have been.

What was your first job?

Accounts Payable clerk

What was your most memorable volunteering experience? 

I volunteered at a swimming program for blind children – basically we were partnered up one-to-one with a child (8 – 12 years old) and helped them learn to swim. I was and still am blown away by kids willing and eager to jump off a diving board into the water below, and the only direction they had was to listen for my voice and jump towards me into the water below – such amazing courage and trust.

What is your favorite pastime / hobby?

My dogs – Ivan and Lene

What has been the most surprising part of retirement?

Most surprising part was/is just how easy it is to fill your day with projects.

What book have you read more than once? Who is your favorite author?

Not sure, but I just read a fascinating book “The Far Side of The Sky” by Daniel Kala. Its about the Jewish community in Shanghai, China who had fled Germany during the second world war – an incredible insight into a community I hadn’t known existed.

What is your favorite quote or the mantra you live by?

There’s no time like the present.

What was your favorite toy growing up?

Bicycle and hammer – sometimes used together.