Stephen Ellis Eisenstein (J.D. ’93)

Stephen Eisenstein passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at age 79 after a lengthy illness with Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsonism. He died peacefully following a call wishing his wife happy birthday. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Andrea, his brother Dan (Lois); daughter, Jenelle (David) Garner; son, Michael (Amy); son, Jonathan (Talitha); daughter, Lisa (Josh) Rothstein; grandchildren: Yari, Akiva, Shira, Shayna Garner; Rachel, Peretz, Emunah, Meir Eisenstein; Sarah and Austin Eisenstein, Gabriel Ferriera; Chavy, Hillary, Abby Rothstein; former daughter-in-law Debbie Eisenstein. He also is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Steve was born in the Bronx, N.Y., to Perry and Roslyn Eisenstein on June 21, 1941. He was a graduate of Bronx High School of Science, received his B.S. from Alfred University and won a merit scholarship to medical school. After two years, he found his true calling and decided to pursue a degree in chemistry. After marrying Andrea, he followed his new bride to Indiana to attend Purdue for graduate studies. There, Steve received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. as well as post-doc studies. While in Indiana, the couple was blessed with two children. In 1973, the family moved to New Jersey for a new job opportunity and had their third child. In 1976, they moved to Michigan for an opportunity at BASF, where they had their fourth child. In 1982, the family settled down in Houston, Texas, where Steve began working for Shell Oil. There, he was a lead chemist in lubricants and polymers research, developed training programs, and was a sought-after technical trouble shooter for the entire lubricants product line. As a believer in lifelong learning, he obtained his law degree from the University of Houston in 1993, with a specialty in patent law. Steve retired from Shell in 2002, however, not one to remain idle, he taught business law at the University of Phoenix; volunteered his time with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Association, where he represented numerous clients and co-authored an early edition of The Elder Law Handbook; assisted on patent research and design criteria for his son-in-law David; and worked as a mashgiach, as well as resident chemical consultant for HKA. During his 40-plus years in chemistry, Steve received several chemical-development patents from his graduate school days through his tenure at Shell. In 1998, he received the Laurel Society Award for his achievements at Shell Oil. In addition to all his other accomplishments, he completed the entire Shishei Sidrei Mishna with his son-in-law David, as well completing the seven-and-a-half years of Daf Yomi studies the full Talmud on his own. So, it was with great sadness, when Lewy Body Dementia began to take its toll on his brilliant mind, he was unable to go further in his Judaic studies. During his years in Houston, Steve was an active volunteer and board member at Young Israel of Houston, heading the building and grounds committee. In 2010, along with Andrea, he donated a Torah scroll to the newly formed Congregation Ahavat Yisrael, and took nachas seeing his sons and grandsons read different parshas. As his disease progressed, the couple moved closer to UOS to be near their children and enjoy Rabbi Barry Gelman’s services at UOS. Before he died, he was able to fulfill some of his bucket list. He travelled to the farthest town in the northern hemisphere, Barrow, Alaska, with his son, Michael, and the farthest town in the Southern Hemisphere of the Americas, Ushuaia, with his wife. In 2019, his beloved son-in-law, David, took him on his last trip, a weeklong visit to West Texas to see Big Bend National Park and look at the stars and planets at the McDonald Observatory. A humble man, Steve loved to expound on his many areas of interest, even putting himself to sleep in the process, and enjoyed the challenge of fixing things. He was affectionately known as Bob the Builder by his grandson, Yari. His grandchildren always brought light to his eyes, a smile to his face, and his grandchildren loved him deeply. We want to thank the staff at Garden Terrace Nursing Home and Vantage Hospice for keeping him comfortable and pain-free in his last few months. Donations in Steve’s memory can be made to United Orthodox Synagogues at uosh.org, Lewy Body Dementia Assn., lbda.org, or Jewish Family Service, JFShouston.org.

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