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Harry Meshel to share memories of life of service

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Staff report


Harry Meshel, the retired state senator from the Mahoning Valley, will be the next speaker in the Memories of a Lifetime speakers series. His informal lecture will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

Meshel will discuss growing up in Youngstown, the Depression, his wartime service and his life in the public eye.

Admission is $5. The event will include entertainment by Delores DePietro, a raffle and light refreshments. Proceeds benefit the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. Reservations are suggested.

Well-known for his colorful stories, sharp wit, and keen memory, Meshel is widely credited for his civic, cultural and educational contributions to the Youngstown area. Meshel has met generations of political leaders, including President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, and will share anecdotes, from various periods of his life.

A charter member of the WHMHS, which was founded in 1961, Meshel is an alumnus of the original McGuffey Elementary School of Youngstown, which was at the corner of Madison Avenue and Albert Street.

He is a recipient of the society’s Pioneer Award, which honors individuals for contributions to the community.

Meshel is the former Ohio Democratic Party chairman and a former member of the Youngstown State University and Mill Creek Metroparks boards of trustees.

He was instrumental in the funding and building of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Youngstown Center of History and Labor (known as the “steel museum”), and YSU’s Veterans Center and Meshel Hall. He also helped create the Ohio Boxing Commission.

A marina at Lake Milton and a building at NEOMED were named in his honor.

Meshel is a graduate of East High School, the former Youngstown College and Columbia University.

A World War II Naval Construction Battalion (“SeeBees”) veteran, Meshel lives in Youngstown and is a founding member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

The McGuffey society will have copies of its anniversary DVD, and memberships, available for purchase at Saturday’s event.

For information, contact Richard S. Scarsella, WHMHS chairman, at 330-726-8277.