Steve Lazarus, a professor and owner of a health IT consulting company in Denver, passed away from COVID-19 on April 9, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Rabbi Richard Spiegel and Cantor Pablo Duek officiated at the April 12 private graveside service at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Thousand Oaks.
“He was a mensch — that’s what he was,” said Elissa Lazarus, his wife of 53 years. “Family was everything to him.”
Mr. Lazarus was born June 16, 1943, in Rochester, NY. He earned his BA at Cornell University, an MA at New York University and his PhD in business at the University of Rochester.
On June 19, 1966, he married Elissa Camen.
Mr. Lazarus was a professor at Dartmouth University prior to moving to Denver over 30 years ago. A professor at DU, Metro State College and the University of Phoenix, he then operated his own health IT consulting company.
“Steve never retired,” his wife said. “He was going to close the company at the end of April.”
He belonged to Beth Jacob and later BMH-BJ.
The couple moved to California in 2008 and later settled in Thousand Oaks.
Mr. Lazarus is survived by his wife Elissa Lazarus; children Michael (Robyn) Lazarus, Stuart (Jenny) Lazarus and Jean (Brian) Virtue; and grandchildren Eden Lazarus, Ben and Olivia Lazarus and Liam and Rose Virtue; and sister Lynn (Ed) Koffsky.
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