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May 20, 1923 - December 21, 2015 A World War II veteran, educator, mentor and role model to thousands of children whose lives he changed forever, Melvin Feuer passed away on Monday, December 21, in Los Angeles at the age of 92. The atrocities of the Holocaust inspired Mel to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. A ball turret gunner in a B-24 bomber, Mel was shot down and captured by the Nazis, who imprisoned him for a year in the infamous Stalag 17. Through the love of music he developed as a child prodigy, Mel used a worn violin to help raise morale in the camp, performing in a makeshift orchestra and jazz band. At the end of an arduous march across Austria, Mel and his fellow prisoners were liberated by American troops. Mel was awarded a number of medals, including the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Having witnessed the horrors of war, Mel committed himself to building a better world by educating children. He served as a teacher and elementary school principal in San Bernardino for thirty-six years, earning deep respect from educators and students alike. A leader in desegregation and the principal of one of California's first bilingual schools, Mel was an education leader who cared deeply about every child. Mel later taught at California State University, helping aspiring teachers become effective educators. Upon moving to Los Angeles to be close to his grandchildren, Mel joined the Maple Counseling Center as a volunteer, inspiring Los Angeles and Beverly Hills students on issues from combating bullying to maintaining integrity in their daily lives. Mel was an avid sports lover, rooting for his hometown Cleveland Indians and all UCLA teams. He was also a true "people person," with an endearing sense of humor and unfailing optimism. Mel was a devoted husband to his wife, Stella, for nearly sixty-four years. He is survived by Stella, sons Michael (wife Gail Ruderman Feuer), Robert (husband Larry Tyndall), and Steven (husband Martin Venezky), grandchildren Aaron and Danielle, brother Richard (Abby Brown), and all those kids whose lives he touched. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 23 at 2pm at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Donations in Mel's name can be sent to the Maple Counseling Center.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2015
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