It is with great sadness that we report the news of the death of Mikael(Mika) Steene, a former graduate student in the Department. He was 53 years old. Mikael Steene received his MA degree in Swedish studies in 1987. Subsequently earning law degrees from the University of Oregon and Stockholm University, Mikael pursued a career in law. He was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1994, but chose to live and practice law in Stockholm where he worked as a corporate attorney for the Fortum Energy Company.
Mikael Steene is survived by his wife, Åse, two children, Christian and Catherine, and his mother, Birgitta Steene, professor emerita and former Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington. The faculty and staff of the Department of Scandinavian Studies extends its sincere condolences to Mikael's family and friends.