- Voices of Descendants
- Steven Fuerst
DESCENDANT BRIEF BIOGRAPHY BY ELIZABETH FUERST
The son of German Jewish refugees, Steven Fuerst grew up in Somerville speaking German at home and English at school. As a teenager he spent summers working at a German-Jewish resort in Fleischmanns, New York, where many Jews who had fled Europe spent their summer vacations.
He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked as an associate in several New Jersey law firms before starting his own in 1972. In the early 1980s his firm merged with Lowenstein Sandler of Roseland, NJ, Manhattan, and Palo Alto, CA, and since then he has mixed law and business, representing closely held business organizations and their owners as general counsel and business adviser.
Civic responsibility has long been a keynote of Steve’s career. He served as president of the Somerset County (NJ) Park Commission for eight years, stepping down in 2015, and before that led the area Coalition on Affordable Housing for 11 years. He helped start the Special Olympics in Somerset County and has been president of the Somerset County Bar Association. Jewish community associations include president of the board of the Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living in Somerset, NJ, Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties Board of Directors, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC Board of Directors, and the Temple Sholom Board of Trustees.
When he’s at leisure, Steve plays golf, takes spin classes, and practices yoga. He has long given up outdoor sports such as guiding canoe trips, running, huff and puff ice hockey, and platform tennis.
Steve and his wife, Liz, a writer and Rutgers professor, make their home in Bedminster. They have one daughter, Emma, a food and beverage expert. As a child, she grew up in her grandmother Else Fuerst’s warm, inviting home and learned to cook and bake as her grandmother did. Emma is married and lives in Manhattan. She and her husband have two children, Harley Frelinghuysen, six and Edith Frelinghuysen, four.
Sources and Credits:
“Second Generation Remembrance” by Steven Fuerst; Biography of Steven Fuerst by Elizabeth Fuerst