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MEHL--Dr. Bernard, an esteemed educator and leader in the fields of pharmacoeconomics and hospital pharmacy, died Friday after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Mehl, known to all as Bernie, was 81. He was born in the Bronx, NY and resided in Spencertown, NY. Dr. Mehl was a cum laude graduate of Fordham University College of Pharmacy, and trained in Medical Administration at the School of Aviation Medicine in the United States Air Force. He earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his DpS from Pace University. He was a fellow at the Leon Davis Institute of Health Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. For most of his professional life, Dr. Mehl was associated with the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He held a faculty appointment at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, as well as Long Island University School of Pharmacy and St. Johns University. He was instrumental in starting the first PharmD program in New York State and was awarded the John W. Webb visiting professor award from Northeastern University. On the state level he was an active and long time member of the New York State Council of Hospital Pharmacists, serving as President and Vice President for Government Affairs. Dr. Mehl was recognized nationally for his innovation in the practice of hospital pharmacy. He was instrumental in computerizing pharmacy systems, expanding the use of robotics and improving safety measures. In 2001, Dr. Mehl was awarded the Harvey AK Whitney Award, the highest honor in the field. Dr. Mehl's love of pharmacy extended beyond his professional life. He and his wife Florence, traveled extensively around the world, collecting apothecary jars, eventually amassing a museum quality collection. Besides his wife of 60 years, Dr. Mehl is survived by his son Spence, daughter Stephanie, their spouses Lily and Gary, grandchildren Carson, Elijah, and Jesse and brother Martin. His gentle presence will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Donations may be made in his memory to: Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health Attn: Martin Goldstein MD, Medical Director, Department of Neurology, 5 East 98 Street, New York, NY 10029. Memorial services will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, February 7th at the Interfaith Chapel at Cedar Crest Cedar Crest Village Drive, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 3, 2015