Stephen F. Paige, 64, born in Terre Haute, Indiana on October 11,
1946, passed away June 12, 2011 in Ocala, Florida after a long illness.
He was born in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 11, 1946. He grew up with
two brothers, Warner and Robert, and a sister, Jane. His mother,
Evelyn, is still living in Terre Haute. His wife, Linda, whom he
married in 1968, and sons Stephen Jr. and Sandy, Stephen's wife,
and Jeffrey survive Dr. Paige. Steve passed away on June 12, 2011
at home in Ocala, Fla. Steve fought long and hard with an autoimmune
disease that led to a liver transplant at the Mayo Hospital in Rochester,
Minn. in 2009.
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Steve graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1968 with Bachelor
of Science degree with a major in physics and then served as a T-38
flight instructor for five years at Webb AFB at Big Spring, Texas.
He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Indiana
University School of Dentistry in 1977. In 1979, he was part of
the first graduating class at the University of Florida College
of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics. After graduation, he moved
to Ocala, Fla. and opened his private practice and also was a part
time Clinical Professor in Orthodontics at University of Florida.
Professionally, Steve was most proud of being a Diplomate of the
American Board of Orthodontics and twice was published in the Journal
of Orthodontics. His article on "the Begg Lingual Technique"
lead to his being invited to give a lecture at a World Orthodontic
Conference in Florence, Italy. He also gave courses on this technique
in England, Italy, France, Kuwait City, Canada, Australia, Venezuela
and the USA. He was also proud of his membership in American and
Florida Dental and Orthodontic Associations. For 20 years he served
on the Ocala Airport Board to advise the City Council. Steve served
in the reserves and was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa,
Fla. and spent one summer at the Air Force Academy. He also served
as Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy.
When he wasn't in the office, Steve was volunteering with the Kiwanis
Club or tinkering with his airplane, a two-seater Long-EZ. "Some
people are out on the golf course on Saturday afternoons,"
said Paige's wife, Linda. "Steve was out flying in his airplane."
A public service took place Friday, June 17th at the First United
Methodist Church in Ocala, Fla. and he was buried at the Air Force
Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 15, 2011. His family
much appreciated all the letters from USAFA graduates and a special
thanks to those who attended the service. Contributions may be made
through the AOG in Steve's name to the USAFA Endowment Fund toward
the AFA fund. (His brother Warner).