Dr. Stephen E. Fienberg
December 14, 2016

Funeral Information

December 16 2016 - 1:00 pm
Tree of Life/Or 'L Simcha Congregation, 5898 Wilkins Avenue, Squirrel Hill

FIENBERG, DR. STEPHEN E.: Stephen E. Fienberg passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA. Beloved husband of Joyce (Libman) Fienberg. Devoted father of Anthony (Magali) Fienberg of Paris, France and Howard (Marnie) Fienberg of Vienna, VA. Brother of Lorne (Nona) Fienberg of Santa Barbara, CA. Brother-in-law of Bob (Esther) Libman of Toronto, ON. Grandfather of Tiffany, Selena, Victoria, Juliana, Adam and Sophie. Uncle of Daniel Fienberg, Ori (Emily) Fienberg, Chana (Nachum) Shore, Avi (Atara) Libman, Devorah (Michael) Kurin and Miriam (Ephriam) Leiderman. Also survived by great-nieces and great-nephews. Son of the late Ida and William Fienberg, Steve was born in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) on November 27, 1942. He earned his BSc from the University of Toronto, then earned an MA and PhD in statistics at Harvard University in 1968. Steve married Joyce (nee Libman) in 1965. After teaching at the University of Chicago and University of Minnesota, Steve joined the Statistics Department at Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. In the late 1990’s, Steve became an American citizen. He had an illustrious professional career capped by his induction into the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society of Canada. He was an enthusiastic hockey player and fan and passed that passion on to his sons and grandson. Steve travelled the world regularly, keynoting conferences, and enjoying the finest food, wines and single malt scotch. He was a leader in the Jewish community and a staunch supporter of Israel, serving on the boards of the Hillel Foundation-Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Jewish Healthcare Foundation. His family, friends, students, colleagues and collaborators across the globe were deeply important to his life. Services at Tree of Life/Or L' Simcha Congregation, 5898 Wilkins Avenue, Squirrel Hill on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1 PM. No Prior Visitation. Interment Tree of Life Memorial Park. Shiva Sunday to Wednesday, 2-5 and 7-9, at 537 N. Neville St., Apt. 5-D, Pittsburgh, 15213. Contributions may be made to University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, UPMC Cancer Pavillion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. www.schugar.com


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Although we have not seen you for many years, we still felt a tremendous loss hearing about Stephen. We remember the wonderful times we spent with you when we were all new faculty at the University of Chicago and all lived in faculty housing. Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. May your family and friends help support you through these stressful times. Peace to you and the family.

By Gina and Karl Freed - December 18, 2016

une pensée pour la famille Mes sincères condoléances

By dédé - December 16, 2016

My condolences to Joyce, Anthony, Howard and the whole family. It was a blessing seeing Steve at the celebration in October and my breakfast with him in Chicago in July. My statistical research is in new cancer technologies and I will never forget Steve's last call for more innovative cancer research and statistical techniques. He caringly drove me as his student and the education he shared with me and his motivation will continue to guide me.

By Jason Connor - December 16, 2016

Dear Joyce and family Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Stephen. His contributions to the world and community were great and, hopefully, those memories and those of the family times together will give you all some comfort. My heart is with you...

By Karen Kantor Egorin - December 15, 2016

Anthony Melissa and I are saddened at your loss and extend our most sincere condolences. Your father was indeed a renaissance man who without doubt touched many lives. He has left a legacy that will be remembered by all who knew him.

By Stanley and Melissa Lipshultz - December 15, 2016

What an outstanding life. So sorry for your loss...he was an amazing man. Our prayers are with the entire family.

By Don Hurzeler - December 15, 2016

Dear Howard and Marni, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that your pain at thinking about your good memories turns to feelings of comfort. Please let us know if we can do anything to support you. Best wishes, Sara

By Sara Samuels Reiner - December 15, 2016

Dear Joyce, My sincere condolences... I am deeply sorry for your loss. Steve was a generous, inspirational leader. The Machine Learning Department community will sorely miss him. Sincerely, Manuela P.S. I will be out of town starting tomorrow. I am sorry I will not be able to be present in the funeral or visit you for Shiva. -- Manuela Veloso Head, Machine Learning Department Carnegie Mellon University

By Manuela Veloso - December 15, 2016