Lawrence Edward Steinhauer

May 17, 1942December 25, 2017

Lawrence Edward Steinhauer, 75, died peacefully in his home on December 25, 2017, surrounded by family. Larry was born on May 17, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, to Irving and Florence (Miller) Steinhauer. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from City College of New York (CCNY) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. Larry was a devoted professor of economics and passionate director of the honors program at Albion College, retiring in 2006. He was an avid sports fan from his early days in Brooklyn rooting for the Dodgers. He enjoyed his daily New York Times Crossword puzzle and tending his organic garden. He loved to travel, especially to see Prem Rawat, who inspired him to find his peace within. In later years, he devoted himself to genealogy, tracing his ancestry back many generations and culminating in a trip to Poland in 2014.

Larry is survived by his wife Sarah (Cooper), children, Aaron (wife Bobbie) and Jeremy (wife Sarann), three sisters Sima Siegel, Toni Greken and Patti Sacher, and grandchildren Bailey, Hannah, Wesley and Lucia. He was preceded by mother Florence, father Irving, and stepmother Rose (Ayres).

A celebration of life service will be held on January 27 at 11:00 AM at Goodrich Chapel on Albion College Campus followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to help support the passions of his life: Jewish Gen - Museum of Jewish Heritage Albion College - Contributions will benefit students with scholarships. Exact fund to be determined. Please indicate Dr. Steinhauer in the gift designation: TPRF - The Prem Rawat Foundation does important charity work around the world. Go to, select "Financial Contributions and select "Donate in Memory of Someone"

The family is being served by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion. To leave online messages of condolence for the family, please visit


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Sherri Nemacheck-Doberstein '95

May 15, 2018

Dr. Steinhauer, as I have always known him, was my favorite professor. As an instructor, he was second to none. He taught at an intelligent level, which for those of us experiencing this for the first time, was either pure fear or exciting anticipation of each lesson. For me, it was the latter. I would go to his office hours, just to pick his brain a little more. There was so much there and he was so willing to share. He was the reason I changed my major from Physics to Economics (and Comp Math). He encouraged me to go on and get my doctorate in Economics. I was too focused on getting married and being a part of the working world. I have often wondered how different life would have been. Dr. Steinhauer had this awesome sense of humor...many students didn't get it, as he would deliver with a very straight face and consistent voice. Then he'd make eye contact with a twinkle or a smirk and it was like a private joke between him and the few that picked up on it. I think he entertained himself this way. :) I have so many memories as I had him almost every semester for one class or another, and he was also my adviser throughout my 4 years at Albion. His legacy will live on in the many students minds he developed. Mine is one of them.
God Bless
Sherri '95

February 1, 2018

Larry was an outstanding advisor to the (Gerstacker) Professional Management Program during my time as director. He exemplified the excellence that characterized the economics and management department during his tenure. Michael Walczak '72

Valerie Voorheis

February 1, 2018

Professor Steinhauer had a huge influence on me. As my Professor at Albion, ('86) he taught me, encouraged me, and cared about what I thought and what mattered to me. His guidance led to me graduate school in Economics at Umass Amherst and gave me the wonderful life I have there today. I will continue to think of him often.

Ruth Schmitter

January 16, 2018

Sarah and children--So sorry about your loss. We were colleagues for many years. With his passing goes some knowledge about nature: He new which mushrooms were poisonous, which not!
Ruth Schmitter

January 7, 2018

Dearest Aaron,
Sorry for your loss! Sending condolences.
Mineka Lias-c/o 92


January 6, 2018

A wonderful cousin! So warm, kind, super smart, and decent. The family will miss him greatly.

Jean Taffs

December 29, 2017

Such a loss! How ironic that he died on the day when we all celebrate the renewal of hope--I'll miss just knowing that he's there with Sarah. But he's still with Sarah, isn't he, Sarah?
I have many good memories of Larry, from the college, from Allen Place, from the co-op (first thing I did when I got to Madison was to join the Willy Street co-op).

His going will leave a big hole in Albion's life.
Sarah will know how to live with it.

December 29, 2017

We were so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He will be missed. Sarah, we wish you and your family peace and comfort as you move forward. Love, Bill and Barbara Rafaill

Ann Garrett

December 27, 2017

Larry gave me my first job at Albion College, as Coordinator for the Honors Institute. One of my best bosses ever- a real straight shooter, warm and funny. As much as he loved his work, family was his true passion. When my then very young children and I visited his home, my two-year-old walked straight into his pond to go wading. While I fretted, he had a big smile and said she was adventurous and spirited. When I last saw Larry he told me he had lost most of his sense of time- that he knew how old he was but the number meant nothing. I told him that meant he was timeless and we hugged for a long time. I miss him so much already. He was a true mensch.