I got to know Steve through a mailing list we were both on, and I'd been enjoying his work for years. (I even reviewed his triumphant return to the Howard character in 1996's Spider-Man Team-Up #5.) Star Trek fans may recognize Gerber as the cowriter of the Next Generation episode "Contagion." Steve was always proud of the fact that he and cowriter Beth Woods were the ones who established both Picard's archaeology hobby and his fondness for "tea, Earl Grey, hot."
He was a great force in comics, and he will be sorely missed.
Edited to add: I almost forgot -- he was also the writer responsible for the single greatest comic book title in the history of the universe: Giant-Size Man-Thing #1.....