Stephen Gluckstern, who pushed for mortgage relief, dies at 71

“He knew it might not be possible,” Judy Gluckstern said in a phone interview. “He was upset, but he did not let the grass grow. He moved on to the next case.”

mr. Gluxtern’s next ventures included becoming the founder and owner of a new independent minor league baseball team, the Chicago Dogs, in 2018, and helping launch element6 Dynamics’ hemp business in New Mexico, also in 2018.

Steven Mark Gluckstern was born on May 1, 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut. His mother, Norma (Block) Glucksternwas a psychologist who was director of the Patuxent High Security Institute in Maryland in the 1980s; his father, Robert, was a nuclear physicist and chancellor of the University of Maryland.

Two years after graduating from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and science in 1972, Gluxtern received his PhD in organizational change from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

That same year, he founded an alternative education program for 7th and 8th grade high school students in Scarsdale, New York, where he taught math and science. He then served as an elementary school principal in Tehran and was an educational consultant and school principal in Telluride, Colorado during the 1980-81 school year.

With a growing interest in business, he earned an MBA from Stanford University, which led him to an entry-level investment banking job at Lehman Brothers. Two years later, he was named chief financial officer of Healthco, a dental products company that Lehman had taken public.