Louis Stein

Inducted into Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1987

An outstanding tennis player at Weaver High School, Stein played on the team for four years and on the Trinity College team for four years, winning the singles title in 1935. He was captain of the Trinity team in 1936. Stein won the Hartford Singles Championship in 1937 and the doubles title in 1948, also winning doubles titles at Keney Park in 1948 and 1961.

He was ranked for over 30 years by the New England Lawn Tennis Association; he was second in New England in the over-65 division, and in 1985 was ranked 5th in the country in the over-70 class by the National Tennis Association. Lou competed in the United States verses Europe competition in 1990 winning a singles match. At age 89, he was ranked first in his age group in New England.

Lou began his professional career working for the Veterans Administration. In 1955 he founded his own insurance business in Hartford, The Stein Agency, which he operated until his retirement in 1976, intending to devote his time to his first love, tennis. He was a founding member of Beth El Temple of West Hartford and a former member of the Temple’s Board of Trustees. Lou was also a member of Level Lodge No 137 A.F. & A. M., the West Hartford Regents and the Hartford Tennis Club.