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Stephen Ian Reinstein


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Stephen Ian Reinstein Obituary
January 5, 1953 - February 19, 2017 Stephen Ian Reinstein was born on January 5, 1953, in New York City to parents Daniel Lawrence Reinstein of Brooklyn and Charlotte Canter Reinstein of Queens. Steve spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Manhattan where his grandmother, lovingly nicknamed Cookie, would often take him to Broadway plays and museums giving him an early love of the arts. One of Steve's favorite periods in his life was when he went to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the heyday of glam rock, and Steve enjoyed exploring a culture and lifestyle that was so different than that of his native New York. Steve truly came into his own during this formative time. This is also where he started to take a more avid interest in art and photography thanks to the creative nature of the city. Steve truly enjoyed learning and pursued several degrees. After receiving a BA at Duke in 1974 he went on to complete a Master in City Planning from Harvard's School of Design. He then moved to Chicago where he later received a Master of Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Steve excelled in his chosen profession of real estate development, focusing on large-scale projects. His projects included office buildings in Minneapolis, the Manhattan Towers in Manhattan Beach, the Howard Hughes Center, the Los Angeles County Administrative Building, the Pacific Electric Lofts in downtown Los Angeles, and the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach. Steve always carried out his work with pride and responsibility, and took into careful consideration the communities that were the center of his projects. One thing that thrilled Steve was when the project had an art allocation built into the budget. When it did, he was actively involved in the process, working with local artists to create unique and sometimes unexpected, positive experiences in public spaces. Outside of his work, Steve had a passion for photography and started collecting prints in the 1990s. Over the years, his collection grew as well as his knowledge, culminating in being a founding member and chair of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Photographic Art Council, a board member of the Photographic Arts Council of Los Angeles, a board member of the Museum of Latin American Art, and a board member of the Getty Museum Photographs Council. He shared his expertise and interest through panel discussions around the world on collecting. He was instrumental in shepherding two grants for upcoming exhibitions and helped foster and promote the careers of many emerging artists. Steve was deeply respected by curators, council members and artists alike for his knowledge and commitment to the photographic medium. Steve is survived by his loving partner of 17 years, Randy Hooczko, his brother Andrew and wife Nancy, and his niece Joie Reinstein. Leaving us with many memories and great friendships, Steve's big smile will forever remain in the minds of all of the people who had the pleasure of knowing him. A viewing and graveside service and burial will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California on Monday, February 27, 2017.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 26, 2017
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