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Stephen Durkee

The Alternative Design Family has suffered a great loss. Stephen Durkee our Western Territory Account Manager passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Eugene, Oregon. Stephen is survived by his two loving daughters, Cassidy and Chloe. A Celebration of Life was held in Oregon on October 20th. Stephen will be greatly missed by his Alternative Design family and the entire research community.  

Stephen began his history with Alternative Design on January 13, 2013. He had more than 20 years in the laboratory animal field. Prior to joining us, he spent 5 years as the Oregon State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Administrator. Before that, he was with the University of Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Science, Biology (Chemistry) from Eastern Michigan University in April of 1998. He specialized in compliance, training and disaster planning. Stephen was always willing to share his experience and expertise with others and he did so with a smile. He was a dedicated supporter of the AALAS Foundation giving many hours of his time to this cause. 

He shared a genuine enthusiasm for life with his family, friends, and coworkers. Stephen had many interests that included time outdoors, hiking and camping with his daughters.  He never lost his love for hockey and enjoyed time on the ice. Stephen was very involved with the Oregon County Fair and looked forward to volunteering at the yearly event. He was a very giving person.

If you would like to join Alternative Design in making a donation in Stephen’s name to the AALAS Foundation, please go to: (

Stephen’s family and our AD Family appreciate your support and prayers at this time.