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Allan Beryle MANDELSTAMM

New River Valley, Virginia

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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...

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!

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.

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...

I see that there are still many even recently who share here about Allan! That is so wonderful to see. Allan had known me since my birth as he was received his PhD in Econ under my father Harold M. Levinson at the U-M. He had such a wonderful humor and wit and always had me laughing. I even remember him calling his classes at MSU 'Econoschletics' but I never knew exactly what he meant by that. Maybe some of you could enlighten me. My youngest son Richard had just texted me a picture of...

I took macro and micro economics from Professor Mandelstamm at Michigan State in 1966. He was the best and most memorable professor I had during my college years. He was entertaining to be sure, but very substantive. After 50 years, I still carry with me the lessons I learned in those courses, and I still have vivid memories of "Handsome Al" delivering those wild lectures from the classroom stage in Wells Hall at MSU. I was sorry to hear that he died. He was a world class teacher.

Dr. Mandelshtam is the one professor, at MSU, who stands out in my memory. I found this site today, after telling stories about him. Reading the condolences brings back even more memories that I had forgotten. A great man and a great teacher, I always had to be at the live lectures and not the closed circuit tv version. Not sure it was mentioned anywhere else, but his crazy ties were part of his shtick to keep our attention and interest. And yes, I was there when he had us all vacate the...

Like many, I was just thinking of Prof Mandelstamm and thought I'd see where he was in the 30 years since I was fortunate enough to have him twice @ VPI. Sorry to hear of his passing, but what a full life he lived and how many people he touched. I was only at Tech for a year in between stints at W&L (where I graduated) and didn't ever have any connection to Econ again, but as a teacher myself these last 23 years I can honestly say that he has had a huge impact on me. He inspired me to...

When I returned to the University for my 25th reunion, the members of the Class of 1977 wrote essays about the professor who meant the most to us while we were at the University. For me, it was no question that it was Dr. Mandelstamm. I still remember his stories and have used the examples he gave for economic principles all of my professional career. I did have the opportunity to tell him that, but no other teacher had a bigger role in my professional development than Dr. Mandelshtam. He...

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