Steven L. Nath

Steven L. Nath

Age 61 from Omaha.

Preceded in death by father, Louis Nath, and mother, Marise Nath. Survived by siblings: Michael (Kimberly) Nath and Carrie Nath; children: Katie (Dan) Culbertson and Samuel Nath; grandsons, Grant and Vincent Culbertson; former wife, Kelly Nath; his extended family and friends.

Steve graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with his Bachelor’s degree in 1985. He later returned to earn his MBA in 2003. Steve spent over 25 years as an accountant for various corporations before returning to UNO again in 2014, this time as a lecturer, teaching both undergraduate and MBA courses. Among his accomplishments, Steve was named 2016 MBA Professor of the Year and was a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Steve’s interests included Husker football, Cubs baseball, music, fishing, and golf. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren while sipping a cup of scalding hot coffee (preferably a Flat White from Starbucks). It was always clear that Steve was nearby with his booming voice (usually singing a random classic rock hit), loud laugh, and the laughter he brought to others. Teaching was his passion, and he thoroughly enjoyed educating (and entertaining) his students. Steve will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Steve had a deep love of music, and it is one of the many significant contributions to his children’s lives. Katie and Sam have created “Steve Nath’s Playlist,” which includes some of Steve’s favorite artists and songs. They hope that listening to these songs will bring peace to those that knew and loved Steve. Please see the links below to either Spotify or Apple Music.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2Dp6tSdT75XSUGGAXVaWC6?si=cc8d03fa9c4a4111

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/steve-naths-playlist/pl.u-kv9lbR5tvbYLYv

Steve’s ashes will be taken to South Turtle Lake in Minnesota this summer to be spread by his children and extended family. This location holds a special place in the hearts of the Nath family.

A private service for invited guests will be held Thursday, January 19th, at the West Center Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

27 Comments

  • Laura Beal Posted January 1, 2023 11:52 pm

    I have no words. Steve referred to himself as THE professor, the Stever, the Dr. of Looove, His license plate said LL COOLS. I will sorely miss him. He was larger than life. I will never forget his booming voice and dead pan satirical humor. He was also very generous and kind. . He will always be remembered. I love you Nath! From Beal.

  • CATHI Sanchez Posted January 2, 2023 4:11 pm

    I am so very sorry. I’ll always remember the crop of hair he had in junior high and high school, and how funny he was. Thinking of all of you at this sad time. RIP Steve.

  • Nicole Hoffman Posted January 2, 2023 4:31 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. Steve was a great guy. I enjoyed having him as a teacher. He always knew how to turn a frown into a smile.

  • Lucas Luke Posted January 2, 2023 4:45 pm

    Steve was my accounting 2 professor back in 2016 at UNO and one of my favorite professors in the Accounting program. I enjoyed his humor, and love for music (we had extra credit questions around his favorite artists) and how he would hilariously throw candy at us for answering questions right. Even after our class ended, I enjoyed my conversations with him outside of the classroom. You’ll be missed Steve!!!

  • Austin Kernan Posted January 2, 2023 4:49 pm

    From professor to friend, Steve was unlike any other. A great role model with such a heart for helping others. While you may no longer be with us physically, your booming voice and contagious humor has left a legacy that will never be forgotten. Thank you Steve Nath for leaving your everlasting mark on campus.

    Sincerely,
    Austin Kernan

  • Scott Haynes Posted January 2, 2023 5:13 pm

    To the Nath family, I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was a great friend and I will miss going to UNO hockey games, our endless, mind-numbing text messages, the bantering we had about your Cubs and my Yankees, and your humor that always lifted me up. Thank you for your friendship!! I will miss you!!
    Scott “The Doctor” Haynes

  • Karen H. Posted January 2, 2023 5:45 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was intelligent, engaging, motivating, thoughtful…a great professor and role model. He made managerial accounting fun at UNO. It’s sad to think he won’t continue to pass along his wisdom and wit. Too short of a life. My condolences for comfort to his family and friends.

  • Susan Thompson-Gaines Posted January 2, 2023 6:01 pm

    Steve was a hell of a human. His support and love for my sister as she was dying was amazing. The world lost a ray of sunshine, Steve. You are missed.

  • Tiffani Davis Posted January 2, 2023 8:53 pm

    I’ve only had the pleasure of knowing Steve for a few short years. He was always such a joy and I found myself looking forward to the biweekly visits with him. Within that time Steve became a friend and confidant I will treasure our conversation together and smile as I remember his witty humor.
    My thoughts and prayers to all who knew Steve because to know him was to love him .

  • Lianne Lami Posted January 3, 2023 7:17 am

    Steve , Kelly, Katie and and Sam were our neighbors and closest friends in Evansville, IN. The first days we moved in was New Year’s Eve and Steve left a gift of champaigne and stole our Va Tech Hokie football flag off the front stoop, replacing it with Huskers! Holding you all in my loving thoughts and prayers, and affirming Steve is in peace.

  • Slaughters Posted January 3, 2023 7:55 am

    While a previous commitment will prevent any from our branch of the Nath family to attend the memorial service, we want to offer our condolences as well as our thoughts and prayers. Our last memory of Steve was when he visited us in Florida just prior to the pandemic when he graced us with his wonderful personality.

  • ARVIND AGRAWAL Posted January 3, 2023 10:20 am

    I got to know Steve when I joined UNO in 2018 and he invited me to participate in tasting the weird jelly beans. Since then his friendly laughter and jokes became my everyday companions. He visited us for one of the Deepawali parties and enjoyed a variety of Indian dishes. He was the heart of the party enthralling everyone. I feel a void in my life with his early departure. RIP my friend!

  • ARVIND AGRAWAL Posted January 3, 2023 10:25 am

    I got to know Steve when I joined UNO in 2018. He invited me to a weird jelly bean taste challenge. It was Steve at his hilarious best. Since then I looked forward to meeting him in the office corridor as he cracked jokes and made your day. He joined us at one of our Deepawali parties and loved all the Indian snacks. He was the heartbeat of the party. I miss him dearly. RIP

  • Sami Parr Posted January 3, 2023 11:34 am

    In the height of covid, this man knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face – even over a zoom class that very easily could’ve been miserable. To this day, he is the best teacher I have ever had, even before college. Outside of just being a great professor, he was incredibly kind and compassionate and as I’m sure we all know, absolutely hilarious. Although I never got to meet THE Professor Steve Nath in person, I will still dearly miss him and hold onto the memories from my time in class. My sincerest condolences to his friends and family

  • Steven and Laurie Schonert Posted January 3, 2023 12:58 pm

    Steve and I went to Bryan High School class of 1979 together. We played on the baseball team. He was a great player. We have stayed connected through our class reunions and cook outs. The last time I seen Steve was at Annette’s celebration of life. Steve did a wonderful and special job hosting it. I pray that his children and grandchildren remember him as the great grandpa that he was. Thanks for being a classmate.

  • Bob Winkler Posted January 3, 2023 1:25 pm

    I cannot begin to express how sorry I am to hear of Steve’s passing. It may seem long ago, but I remember fondly his rapid-fire keen-eyed sense of humor, and that satisfied look on his face when he delivered those lines, because he knew how funny he was. To the entire Nath family (Mike, Carrie, et al), please accept the deepest condolences of me and my family. – Bob and Vicky Winkler

  • Donna Peterson Posted January 3, 2023 2:11 pm

    My son, Greg Peterson, and Steve were best buddies in grade school and high school. Greg now lives in Atlanta and sends his sincere sympathy and condolences. Steve’s Mom was a friend of mine. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Peace be with you.

  • Reese Posted January 3, 2023 3:25 pm

    Steve or also known as “The Professor” made a huge impact on my college career at UNO. He was my Accounting 2 professor and was one of the best. He brought so much joy to every student that walked into his class. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

  • Nancy Kelley Posted January 5, 2023 2:15 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Steve from serving with him on the Board of Directors for HELP Adult Services. He was always fun-loving and smiking and had great stories. He was very compassionate and a strong advocate for the mission of HELP. I really enjoyed working with him. May you all find peace in your memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Carly Klein Posted January 7, 2023 10:12 pm

    Professor Nath, also known as “The Professor” was by far one of the best human beings I have ever met. His passion for teaching all students and ensuring they succeed was like no other. I am so sorry and sending my thoughts and prayers to his family at this hard time. He will never be forgotten and was loved by so many.

  • Cathy Blake Posted January 8, 2023 7:57 pm

    My heart goes out to the Nath family in this time of loss. Steve was such a great guy . We shared several mutual friends and met together on Sunday mornings including sharing breakfast from time to time at Cafe Diem. He was larger than life, such a fun personality and contagious upbeat spirit. He will be greatly missed.

  • Diego R Posted January 9, 2023 10:29 am

    Thank you for the laughs and lessons. You always did know how to make Accounting fun and bright. UNO was lucky to have you. RIP The Professor.

  • Lous Thomas Posted January 9, 2023 4:13 pm

    I had the pleasure of having The Professor in the office next to mine at UNO, for a couple of years.. We spent many a day solving world problems during our conversations!! He was larger than life!! I can’t begin to express how saddened I was to learn of his passing. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family. Rest in peace, my friend.

  • Claire Ramig Posted January 10, 2023 1:28 am

    The professor was such a bright light in the UNO community! You could hear him from a mile away whether he was talking or laughing but either way always made me smile because it had to be a good conversation! He will be greatly missed! Sending my thoughts to his family and friends.

  • Alex Crawford Posted January 11, 2023 11:58 am

    Steve “THE Professor” Nath was an amazing person. Everyone recommended that you had to take one of his classes. He was funny, intelligent, and was always willing to help students out. My condolences go out to his family.

  • Tejashree Pande Posted January 12, 2023 11:51 am

    THE Professor, was the coolest professor. Making accounts a fun subject is tough, but he did that for us. I had a privilege to be his student during my MBA program. He was very helpful, supportive and a great motivator. I will always remember him as a professor who made MBA class fun. My condolences go out to his friends and family.

  • Ellen Vogltanz Posted January 18, 2023 9:22 am

    “The Professor” was the best teacher at UNO. Each time I walked into his class, I knew I would be laughing for an hour and 15 minutes straight. I will always remember his Accounting According to Steve, air horn, megaphone, extra credit music questions, and jazz hands. We will all miss him so much.

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