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David J. Brownstein, age 57, passed away Monday, September 9, 2019 here in Columbus. Born and raised in Chicago, attended IIT, graduated from the University of Illinois in mathematics and earned a master’s at the University of Minnesota in computer science.
He worked for Bell Labs before venturing out to be an entrepreneur. His first company was NewMedia, which he co-founded with Lennie Payton in 1990. He went on to work with and create various businesses over the years, ending with a consulting firm, UVG, Inc. He had a long-term relationship with the National Affordable Housing Trust as well as Skilken Gold Real Estate Development.
Dave and his wife Erica, renovated two homes and several buildings in Victorian Village. One notable home was the Sells Circus House, featured in the WOSU Columbus Neighborhoods series. Dave’s other activities included serving on the Victorian Village Commission for 13 years, beginning in 1995. He also had a passion for Tai Chi, which he practiced with a supportive community here in Columbus.
David is preceded in death by his father Albert J. Brownstein; survived by his wife Erica M. Brownstein, children Amelia M. and Nathan E., mother Ruth Brownstein, sister Laura L. (Rick) Barr and Diane (Steve) Davis. Family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at SHAW-DAVIS FUNERAL HOME 34 W 2nd Ave Cols. 43201 and Friday from 2-3 pm where memorial service will follow at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Taoist Tai Chi Society PO Box 1034, Westerville, Ohio 43086
Renovations in Victorian Village: https://www.dispatch.com/article/20080907/NEWS/309079785
Sells Circus House: http://www.shortnorth.com/CircusTown.html
Article on the woodwork on the Sells house: https://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2012/09/28/sells-mansion/