Robert Daniel Eisenstein

July 13, 1916March 12, 2018

NASHVILLE - Robert D. Eisenstein, 101, born July 13, 1916, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Robert Eisenstein and Mae Rosenfield Eisenstein, and his beloved wife, Ann Fensterwald Eisenstein. His survivors include his children, Nan Speller and Daniel (Jill Maddin) Eisenstein; grandchildren Andrew (Tracy) Speller, Stephanie (Ted) Townsend, Emily (Matthew Rutz) Eisenstein, and Rachel (Ryan) Hauber; great grandchildren Jacob and Anna Speller, Ari and Jonah Rutz, and Audrey Hauber.

Born in Clinton, Iowa, Bob graduated from the University of Chicago and soon thereafter moved to Nashville as an employee of Gerber Baby Food Company, where he met Ann Fensterwald. Bob served honorably and with distinction in World War II, serving tours of duty in Africa and Europe from 1941 to 1944 as a Captain in the U.S. Army before returning to Nashville to raise his family.

Over the course of his life and career, Bob was a leader in both the business and civic community, serving as President of Loventhal Realty Inc. for over 50 years, and committing his time and resources in leadership positions on numerous organizations including, but not limited to: the Kiwanis Club, the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the National Council of Jewish Federations, the American Jewish Committee, the Gordon Jewish Community Center, the Council of Community Services, the Council on Aging, United Way, The Temple Congregation Ohabai Shalom, the St. Thomas Hospital Medical Board, the Holocaust Committee of Vanderbilt University, the Nashville Real Estate Board, and B’Nai B’Rith.

The family wishes to thank his devoted caregivers who went above and beyond to tend to his needs the past several years: Teresa Alexander, Emma Biggs, Maegan Bowers, James Osborne, Genola Sanders, Rose Reffegee, and Yolanda Thomas. The family will receive visitors at the home of Nan Speller, 5952 Sedberry, Wednesday, March 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The funeral will take place Thursday, March 15 at 11:00 am at The Temple, 5015 Harding Road. Shiva Minyan will be held at the home of Nan Speller, Thursday, March 15.

Active pallbearers will be Bob’s grandchildren, Melvin Schlanger, Bill Hirsch, and Bernard Fensterwald. Honorary pallbearers will be Ann Bernard, Sis Cohn, Richard Eskind, Gilbert Fox II, Heloise Kuhn, Monnie Lusky, past and present members of the Shamus Club, and members of the Nashville Kiwanis Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice, CASA, Council on Aging, Jewish Family Services, or the charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Thursday, March 15, 2018

Robert Daniel Eisenstein

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