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Allan Beryle MANDELSTAMM Obituary
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August 23, 2017

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August 1, 2017
A nephew's road trip through the south got me remembering a road trip I took myself during the year there was an "energy world's fair" in Knoxville. Can't remember the year, but people with better memories might. What this has to do with "Handsome Al" or "the Handsome One" as he frequently referred to himself at MSU (where I took his Econ 101 and 102 courses), is that on the way back to DC on the return leg of the trip I stopped at Virginia Tech to try to visit him. I think I caught him in his office, but the memory fades.

I remember the large lecture halls, and the closed circuit replays, which I sometimes attended when I was lazy.

Like many of the others who posted, I must credit the Handsome One for my decision to major in ecoschlectics (not "econoschlectics"). To this day, I remember his stock phrase when he was ready to deliver his lecture after all of the preliminaries, "Let's talk about ecoschlectics."

One of the regrets of my professional life is that I have never had an appropriate, or even inappropriate, opportunity to use that phrase (which I would of course attribute to the Handsome One if I ever did).

So thank you Handsome Al. If not for you, I wouldn't be where I am today, which is a pretty good place -- not schlecht at all.
July 11, 2017
Handsome Al was the one VT prof that me and my roommates still talk about. His stories are legendary. Every quarter in the late 70s his class would get streaked. He acted horrified, but he, and we, knew that is was part of the legend. RIP with Maruschka (!)....(which is what he called his wife in stories), and stay away from the gefilte fish!
February 22, 2017
With fondness I remember Professor Mandelstamm. His unique teaching style was as effective as it was entertaining. I also witnessed his more serious side. At the start of his Intro to Econ 200 class on a fall Friday in '63 he solemnly dismissed us saying that he had just become aware of a radio report about the assassination of JFK. The professor was a mensch.
January 22, 2017
After teaching business & marketing for 30 plus years, I was recently given the chance to teach my first economics class, one of my favorite subjects. I fondly recalled the memories of "Handsome Al" Mandelstamm from my VA Tech days in the '70's. In the classroom, I was able to use one my favorite Professor Mandelstamm lines during a discussion of economic decisions. With hands in the air, I screeched in a high and loud voice, "What to Do!? . . . What to Do!!?" and while I did not do the man justice, it did bring a smile to my face and the attention of 30 young people. So I told the stories of Professor Mandelstamm, one of the finest teachers I ever met, to all of my classes. Currently, his picture hangs in the corner of my chalkboard and should anyone ask about it, I get to tell the stories all over again. Forty years later, Professor Mandelstamm's teaching continues.

I was very sorry to read of Professor Mandelstamm's passing, but I'm sure he made life fascinating for his family and everyone who knew him well. Many thanks for the inspiration to teach well.
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