Stevi Swire, age 88, passed away on May 18, 2021. She was preceded in death in June, 2020 by William H. Swire, her husband of 64 years.
Stevi was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., the daughter of Harriet and Paul Broida. She was a graduate of Parkersburg High School, Sarah Lawrence College, and Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers.
Stevi moved to Albany in 1955. She hosted the “Stevi Swire Show” on WQBK-AM radio for thirteen years. She was the first woman to host a talk show in the Albany area – she read three newspapers every day and countless books to be ready for her informed and feisty interviews. Stevi was passionate about social justice, including participating in the NAACP as a college student and years of work on political reform in Albany and the greater community. As part of her work to improve the lives of those around her, she was a member of many boards including League of Woman Voters, National Council of Jewish Women, Capital Repertory Theatre, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Equinox, CURE, and Albany Mental Health Board. She enjoyed innumerable plays and classical music concerts, including special trips with each grandchild to discover the joys of Broadway, Tanglewood, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
She is survived by her children Peter (Annie Antón), Andrew (Wendy Sherwin) and Amy Meyer (Doug Kornich) and six grandsons, Nathan (Cynthia Akagbosu), Jesse, Samuel, and Matthew Swire and Alexander and Nicholas Meyer.
Interment will be at the Beth Emeth Cemetery on May 23. Contributions in her name may be made to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU.
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