Myron I. Mandel ’56

June 3, 2009

Winter 2010

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Myron I. Mandel ’56 practiced municipal law for more than 50 years and was extremely active in the civil rights movement. He passed away on June 3, 2009, at the age of 77.

During the 1960s, Mandel founded the Rockland County Conference on Religion and Race, the Fair Housing Council of Rockland County, and the Rockland branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mandel spent the majority of his career in New City, N.Y., where he enjoyed being a small-town lawyer with two partners. In his suburban practice, Mandel practiced municipal law. He represented planning and zoning boards, was counsel to a small bank, and served as a regional attorney for a public employees’ union.

Of his time at Columbia Law School, Mandel later recalled particularly enjoying the lectures of the late Professor Willis L.M. Reese. Other memorable moments included “being called on the first day in Professor Powell’s Trusts & Estates class” and “contemplating the purpose of Professor Goebel’s alphabetical list of the kings and queens of England.” Mandel married Norma Haft, his wife of 56 years, during his first year at the Law School.

Mandel is survived by his wife; his children: Francie, Michael, Joshua, and Nina; two daughters-in-law; and six grandchildren.

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