5 Dec 2003
Melvyn E. (Mel) Stein
Melvyn E. (Mel) Stein passed away Sunday, June 24, at St. Mary�s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., the victim of a head-on collision in Montrose on Saturday evening. Mel was not at fault.
He was born in Chicago on May 18, 1927, to Sarah "Brownie" Stein and William "Willie" Stein. After high-school graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
After the war, he attended law school. He spent 10 years as a trial attorney and special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Chicago office. During this time, he made many legal decisions that are still referred to as legal precedent.
Mel then went into private practice and enjoyed international renown. He was very proud of his country, and if a client did not appreciate his good fortune at being accepted for U.S. citizenship, Mel would tell him or her to "get the (heck) out of my office."
He was very proud of his children, who followed him into the immigration and legal fields.
Mel was active in community affairs in Evanston, Ill., for five years, and for the past 23 years, he lived in Northfield, Ill. Mel was a diehard Chicago sports fan, but he rooted for the Cubs even louder than he did for any other Chicago team.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Llois Alpert Stein of Cortez; daughter, Doree Sue Stein of Evanston; son, Eric of Vail, Colo. and brother, Arnold of Northfield, as well as his nieces, Andrea and Diana, and nephew, Nicholas.