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Community loses Philip Ashworth Stevens

By Staff | Mar 20, 2014

LAHAINA – Philip Ashworth Stevens, 79, of Lahaina, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Mr. Stevens was born July 13, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio, to Maxwell P. and Esther (Ashworth) Stevens. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann (Hatch) Stevens, of Lahaina; son Todd Stevens (Pamela G.) of Crownsville, MD; and brother David P. (Maxine P.) Stevens of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Mr. Stevens earned his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering Degree from Ohio State’s College of Engineering in 1956 and a Master of Science Degree from MIT’s Sloan School in 1958. At Ohio State, he was active in Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sphinx and was elected vice president of his senior class. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering and honored with the Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni Award.

After MIT, he joined National Machinery Company in Tiffin, Ohio, where he worked for 25 years as vice president of European operation and later as vice president, administration. He was manager of the company’s West German subsidiary, J. G. Kayser Company, for seven years in Nurnberg. Later, he helped found Japan National Machinery in Takefu, Japan.

Mr. Stevens retired in 1983. He then began a fee-only financial advisory firm called Stevens Consulting Group and earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner. After 25 years, he retired again.

Mr. Stevens was chairman of NE Vision Service Plan in Columbus, Ohio, and instrumental in merging it into the national VSP organization in Sacramento, CA, serving on the board of the national company until 1998. He was a member of the Tiffin Rotary Club for 36 years and served as the club’s president in 1987. He was on the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Board for 37 years and also served as its president. A trustee of the National Machinery Foundation for 27 years, he also was the foundation’s vice president. Mr. Stevens was also a past board member of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio.

Mr. Stevens wished to forgo a memorial service and memorial contributions. His cremated remains will be scattered in the backyard garden of his Maui home by his wife, Jo Ann, and son Todd.