Stein­hauser hon­ored

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Joanne David­son, Special to The Den­ver Post

Shel­don “Shelly” Stein­hauser has de­voted 70 of his 86 years to ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of so­cial jus­tice, equal­ity and in­clu­sion.

His tire­less ef­forts have not gone un­no­ticed.

At a re­cep­tion hosted by long­time friends Ar­lene and Barry Hirschfeld, Ralph Altiere, dean of the Univer­sity of Colorado’s Sk­aggs School of Pharmacy and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sciences, an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of the Shel­don Stein­hauser Di­ver­sity Schol­ar­ship. And Gov. John Hick­en­looper de­clared it Shel­don Stein­hauser Day in Colorado.

As 100 of his friends and col­leagues ap­plauded, Stein­hauser de­scribed both des­ig­na­tions as “very heart­warm­ing,” es­pe­cially since they were be­stowed at a time of “change and un­cer­tainty, (a time when) we all need to fall back on our most cher­ished val­ues, to demon­strate that love over­comes hate, whether as an in­di­vid­ual or as a na­tion, and to com­bine hope with deeds.”

That the re­cep­tion was held at the Hirschfeld home was no co­in­ci­dence. Stein­hauser worked with Ar­lene in the mid-1960s, help­ing her with a civil rights cur­ricu­lum when she taught in the Den­ver Pub­lic Schools. Later, she en­listed his help in an ef­fort to in­crease di­ver­sity within the Ju­nior League of Den­ver. Shel­don Stein­hauser came to Den­ver in 1957 to be­come ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Anti-Defama­tion League’s Rocky Moun­tain Re­gion, and would spend the next 30 years in ei­ther paid or vol­un­teer ser­vice to such or­ga­ni­za­tions as the ADL, JewishColorado, Metropoli­tan State Univer­sity, the Colorado Latino Lead­er­ship, Ad­vo­cacy and Re­search Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the Nathan Yip Foun­da­tion.

He marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., and ini­ti­ated and fa­cil­i­tated di­alogs with re­li­gious lead­ers through­out the re­gion. He also formed a con­sult­ing firm spe­cial­iz­ing in work­place di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion. When he was 70, Stein­hauser was re­cruited by the Univer­sity of Colorado and spent the next 15 years rais­ing funds for the School of Pharmacy and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sciences. Even though he re­tired from that post last year, he con­tin­ues to vol­un­teer his ser­vices as ma­jor gifts so­lic­i­tor. “His words and ex­am­ple con­tinue to inn­spire all of us who know and love him,” says his daugh­ter, Lisa Stein­hauser Hackel, who was at the re­cep­tion with her sis­ter, Karen Stein­hauser, and their mother, Jan Stein­hauser.

Joanne David­son: 303809-1314, par­ti­writer@hot­ and @joanne­david­son on Twit­ter

From left: Den­ver Mayor Michael Hancock, Shel­don and Jan Stein­hauser, and Gov. John Hick­en­looper. Pho­tos by Denise Gliwa, Special to The Den­ver Post

Hosts Barry and Ar­lene Hirschfeld, with Shel­don Stein­hauser.

Linda Yip, left, and Andy Hart.

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