Steven Gluckstern, who pushed for mortgage relief, dies at 71

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“He knew it would be impossible,” Judy Gluckstern said in a phone interview. “He was frustrated, but he didn’t let the grass grow. He moved on. »

Mr. Gluckstern’s next ventures included being the founder and owner of a new independent minor league baseball team, the Chicago Dogs, in 2018, and helping start element6 Dynamics, a hemp company, in New Mexico, as well. in 2018.

Steven Mark Gluckstern was born on May 1, 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut. His mother, Norma (Block) Gluckstern, was a psychologist who, in the 1980s, was the director of the maximum-security Patuxent Institution in Maryland; his father, Robert, was a nuclear physicist and chancellor of the University of Maryland.

Two years after earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and natural sciences from Amherst College in 1972, Mr. Gluckstern earned a doctorate in organizational change from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

That year, he founded an alternative educational program for seventh and eighth graders at a high school in Scarsdale, New York, where he taught math and science. He later served as an elementary school principal in Tehran and served as a school counselor and superintendent of schools in Telluride, Colorado during the 1980-81 school year.

With a growing interest in business, he earned an MBA from Stanford University, which led to an entry-level position in investment banking at Lehman Brothers. Two years later, he was named chief financial officer of Healthco, a dental products company that Lehman took public.