May 31, 1931 – June 10, 2018
Steven Lazarus was born on May 31, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York. Surrounded by family, he celebrated his 87th birthday at the NY Presbyterian Hospital where he sadly passed away on Sunday, June 10th, 2018. Devoted Husband and Father, Mr. Lazarus was a major supporter of the arts and an accomplished writer and speaker. He dedicated his professional career to the study of global government and business, the advancement of technology, and the introduction of promising ideas into the marketplace. At the age of nine, he saw his first Broadway show, a revue entitled “Sons o' Fun." After his first exposure to the theater, he would go by himself to virtually every show in New York. This began a lifelong love affair with the theater which he passed on to his three sons.Graduating with honors from Dartmouth College in 1952, Steve was sent by the Navy to the Harvard Business School where he graduated first in his class and was a Baker Scholar. In his early career as a Naval officer, Steve moved among the ranks of both the military and political arenas to both found and act as the first director for the U.S. Government’s Bureau of East-West Trade. He worked closely with top officials to formulate official trade policies with China, Eastern Europe and Russia. He retired from the Navy in 1973 with the rank of Captain.Steve joined the private business sector in 1974 working for the Baxter Corporation, a health care concern, in many jobs including President of the Artificial Organs Division. He became Group Vice President of the Health Care Services Group in 1985.In 1986, he was the founding President and CEO of the Argonne-Chicago (ARCH) Development Corporation. This entity later became ARCH Venture Partners, which has partnered with the most influential academic institutions, national research and corporate laboratories, scientists, and entrepreneurs to build more than 230 companies and create over a thousand jobs. Steve served on many influential corporate, community and not-for-profit boards including Amgen, Primark, Highland Park Hospital, Northwestern Healthcare Network, the National Venture Capital Association and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is survived by his wife Arlene, sons Paul, Scott and Jeffrey, his sister Susan, daughters-in-law Kitty, Julie and Julia and grandchildren Jack, Sarah, Keaton and Jude.
- Funeral Service Thursday, June 14, 2018
June 15, 2018
Steve promoted me two levels when I was working in the Baxter corporate hardware group. I am forever thankful for that.
June 13, 2018
To the family and friends of Steven Lazarus--in early 1973 I was informed by my boss that I and about 8 others would likely lose our jobs in the Commerce Department. Our small agency was destined for a zero dollar budget in the upcoming Office of Management and Budget proposed budget going to Congress. That boss told me he had some very good contacts with some great people he knew from the Navy. He arranged an interview for me with Steven who was standing up a brand new bureau in another part of the Department, the Bureau of East-West Trade. BEWT as we called it, was "the place to be". New, out on the edge of rapidly changing relations with the Communist countries, including the Soviet Union, and wrapped in the all purpose descriptor of "detente". Steve offered a position in the Policy Division--precisely where I wanted to be. He got us pointed in the right direction and made a substantial impact in a Department not known for impact. But more importantly he made a significant impact on me as a model of intelligence, leadership and public service.
You have my deepest condolences on your loss. Just know that he truly made a difference to me and others who were lucky enough to have worked for him, even for a short time.