Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mel died at home Saturday, October 23, 2010, surrounded by his family. He was a mensch with a huge heart and a mischievous sparkle. He was a teacher of life through truth, acceptance, giving and forgiving. His core value was to always try to do what was right, and he created his unique map for life with the courage to take risks in the face of formidable challenges.
His love for his family and friends was deep and unqualified. He traveled the world and greeted people with trust, respect, and a sense of adventure. He went above and beyond to support those he loved. Almost anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him would describe how freely he gave of who he was.
As a tenured professor at Antioch College, he encouraged and guided his students with his love of mathematics. As a numismatist, he changed the field through his many notable contributions to preservation of world history. His life was a lesson on how to be a husband and father, how to keep history alive, and how to seek common cause through friendship, kindness and humor.
Many will remember his large body of achievements. His wife Gail, sister Gloria, children Shira, Jeremy, Seth and Liza, grandchildren Leah, Kai, Jorden, YaYa, Evan, Jacob, and many friends here and in every corner of the world will miss his loving heart. Services will be held at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiberon at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 26th. Burial will follow at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetary, 2500 5th Ave., San Rafael, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center.