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Nathan Steinhart, social work, counselor and community leader


May 18, 1927 - December 4, 2016

Nathan D. Steinhart, former Director of Staff Development at the Erie County Department of Social Services and counselor for families, couples and individuals, died Dec. 4 at Beechwood Continuing Care following a brief illness. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Buffalo Public School 39 and was awarded the Jesse Ketchum Medal for academic excellence in eight grade. He graduated from Fosdick Masten Park High School where he received the Dartmouth College Award for superiority in scholarship, leadership and achievement.

After briefly attending the University of Buffalo, he served in the US Army until the end of Word War II. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to the University to earn his Bachelor's Degree and began his career in business until he found his calling helping others as a senior case worker then supervisor at the Erie County Department of Social Services.

Dedicating his career to social work, he earned his Master of Social Work at UB and ultimately achieved the position of Director of Staff Development at the County Department of Social Services. He instituted the alcohol, substance abuse and child abuse programs and served as the Department's liaison to community groups dedicated to child protection and welfare.

After retiring from the County in 1985, Mr. Steinhart maintained a private counseling practice that assisted families, couples and individuals. Further, he served as an intake counselor at Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County and helped create and advance their Gambling Recovery Program.

He served as president of the University of Buffalo School of Social Work's Alumni Association, president of Temple Beth Zion's Brotherhood, member of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo's Board of Governors and co-chair of the Federation's Community Relations Council, and member of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo's Music and Cultural Arts Council. In 1978, he was named Temple Beth Zion's Man of the Year.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years the former Arlene Reisig; a daughter, Jacalyn Borden and sons Lorne Steinhart and Michael Reisig.

Services were held Dec 6 at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

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