Herbert Mandel

Herbert Mandel

Herbert Mandel, age 98. Herb passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Squirrel Hill. He was born on May 11, 1924, in Port Chester, New York, to Arthur and Rose Mandel, immigrants from Radom, Poland. He was the beloved husband of the late Charlotte F. Mandel; the loving father of Rosanne (Clifford) Levine, Elliott (Marlene) Mandel and Arthur Mandel (Claudia Nahson); the brother of the late Penny (late Nathaniel) Lash; the grandfather of Meredith Levine (Daniel Tsadok), Benjamin Levine (Dalila Boclin), Eric Levine, Becca Levine (Adam Koling), Jordan Mandel, Maia Mandel (fiancé Michael Anderson), Ariella, Nina and Julia Mandel; and the great-grandfather of Asher and Aaron Tsadok, Rafael Levine. Herbert was a renowned engineer. He worked as the project director of the Pittsburgh Light Rail Transit System, project manager for the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island, and led numerous other civil engineering projects including the General Assembly Building of the U.N., original studies for transit systems in Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles, and bridges throughout the United States. He often said, “I had the best career in the world; I feel like someone gave me a giant erector set to play with for my whole life.” Herbert participated in the liberation of the Langenstein-Zwieberge Concentration Camp in 1945 as part of the Eighth Armored Division, Battery C in the U.S. Army. Herbert was a highly ethical, positive and optimistic person who was deeply devoted to his family, friends, co-workers and caregivers. He put a tremendous value on education and encouraged his family and everyone he met in educational endeavors. He loved music and promoted the musical education of his children. He remembered virtually everything he had ever learned and shared his knowledge freely, yet humbly. He belonged to many congregations in his life, most recently Tree of Life Congregation and Congregation Beth Ami in Boca Raton, Florida. He identified strongly with Judaism and taught his children the value of Jewish continuity. Although he worked and lived in many locations, he adopted Pittsburgh as his home and explained that he loved Pittsburgh because of the people who live here. Services took place at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Monday, March 13, 2023, at 1 p.m. with interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Beth El section. Contributions may be made to Pittsburgh Promise, 1901 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or Tree of Life, Inc., 0 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2899, designate for Remember. Rebuild. Renew. campaign or rememberrebuildrenew.org/donate. PJC

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