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Jacob Steinberg, 100, Of Stamford

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jacob Steinberg, a longtime Stamford resident, died Friday, Oct. 23. He was 100.

Steinberg was born Jan. 31, 1915, in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

After his service, he founded Twayne Publishers, publishing more than a thousand titles before selling the company to ITT in 1973.

Steinberg served as president of the Association of Jewish Book Publishers and was a vice president of the Jewish Book Council, publishing a memoir, “I Never Had A Best-Seller,” in 1993.

Moving to Stamford in 1980, Steinberg and his wife became active members of the community, serving as board members at Temple Beth El and helping to start an annual Elders' Day program.

The Steinbergs were recognized for their contributions to the Jewish community with the Nevis Distinguished Service Award from the American Jewish Committee, the Distinguished Elders Award at Temple Beth El and the JHS Heritage Award from the Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County.

He was predeceased by his wife Claire and son Michael, and is survived by his daughter-in-law Elisabeth Steinberg; two grandsons; one great-granddaughter and several nieces, nephews and their families.

A graveside service took place Monday, Oct. 26 at the Agudath Sholom Cemetery.

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