Here’s the release from the Steinberg family:
Jack Steinberg, 86, retired director of communications of the Marmon Group, died Jan.17 after a long illness, his son Mark reported.
He served the multi-billion dollar diversified manufacturing group, privately owned by the Chicago Pritzker family, for 14 years, retiring in 1990. Marmon Group is now part of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Immediately previous to this, he was with the advertising firm Cunningham and Walsh as Vice President, Public Relations, for 20 years.
Although he spent most of his working life as a professional public relations executive, his first love was newspapering. “His lifelong dream was to publish a newspaper,” his son said. As a child growing up in New London, he founded his own local newspaper for which he also sold advertising. Later, after working for an insurance trade paper, he published “The Downtown Key” which he distributed free to Wall Street workers.
He retired from the advertising business in 1975 when he purchased the Wallingford Post in Connecticut.
Mr. Steinberg attended the University of Connecticut and served with the Navy Seabees during World War II.
His family remembers him as a person of diverse interests: an accomplished fisherman and bowler, an avid fan of jazz, James Joyce and Henry James; and as an enthusiastic rooter for the NY Knicks, NY Mets and the former Brooklyn Dodgers.
He leaves his wife of 66 years, Lois, a well known Westchester social activist who is president and co-founder of the Center of Aging in Place, a resource for nine community aging in place groups. In addition to his son Mark of Canaan, N.Y.; he is survived by a son Eric of Plantation, FL.