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Harry H. Mansbach

Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Death: December 01, 2002 (91)
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Milton Mansbach and Regina Mansbach
Husband of Ellen Lenore Schatzkin

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About Harry H. Mansbach

Harry Hirsch Mansbach

Harry H. Mansbach , prominent philanthropist, attorney, and former owner of The Hub, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 1, 2002, at his home in Norfolk. He was 91.

Harry Mansbach was born Sept. 10, 1911, in Norfolk. He attended Norfolk public schools and Andover Academy but never received a high school diploma. In 1931, at the age of 20, he graduated with honors from Yale College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1934, he earned a law degree with high honors from Harvard University. Mr. Mansbach began his legal career in the Law Office of Charles L. Kaufman, where he practiced tax law until 1942.

In response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Mansbach volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to guard ships of the Merchant Marine and traveled all over the world in the performance of that duty. After World War II, he joined his father and uncles in the management and ownership The Hub, a men's clothing store that later added women's apparel, in downtown Norfolk. He became president of The Hub, expanding the operation to eight stores in the Tidewater area before selling the business in 1966. At the age of 55, he rejoined the Kaufman law firm, now Kaufman & Canoles, where he specialized in real estate leasing and trusts and estates. He remained a practicing partner until January 2000.

From an early age, Mr. Mansbach devoted much of his time to philanthropic endeavors. He believed in giving back to the community which had given so much to him. In 1955, he led the Norfolk Community Chest Campaign and for the first time, the organization raised over $1 million. In 1965, he joined the Norfolk Area Medical Center Authority, and from 1970 to 1974, served as the Authority's chairman. It was during this period that the plan for a new medical school in the Tidewater area was brought to fruition. He was one of the leaders of the fund that subsequently raised the critical $17 million to establish the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). In the following years, he was instrumental as a lay leader in securing accreditation for EVMS.

Mr. Mansbach was also active in the Jewish community. He served as president of Ohef Sholom Temple from 1951 to 1955. Earlier, at age 25, he had saved the temple from repossession during the Great Depression by raising sufficient pledges to satisfy the lenders. In 1956, he was the winner of the B'nai B'rith Distinguished Service Award. He also served as chairman of the United Jewish Federation.

As a tribute to his efforts in both the Jewish and larger communities, in 1966, he was honored by The National Conference of Christians and Jews, now The National Conference of Community and Justice. In 1975 he was named as First Citizen of Norfolk by the Cosmopolitan Club, and in 1992, he was elected trustee emeritus of Old Dominion University. In 1992 as well, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by The Medical College of Hampton Roads. In 1999, a chair was named in Mr. Mansbach 's honor at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

In his later years, Mr. Mansbach became a passionate supporter of educational opportunities for children in Norfolk. He established The Mansbach Program, which provides educational and mentoring support for public elementary, middle and high school students.

Mr. Mansbach was married in 1935 to the former Marie Crockin Altschul. They were married for 54 years until Mrs. Mansbach 's death in 1989. In 1993, Mr. Mansbach married Ellen Schatzkin Stein, the widow of Mr. Mansbach 's college and law school roommate. Mrs. Ellen Mansbach passed away in August 2002.

He is survived by his children, Charles M. Mansbach II, M.D., and his wife May Lynn of Memphis, Tenn., B. Thomas Mansbach of Washington, D.C., and Sally M. Herman and her husband Stephen of Bethesda, Md.; by five grandsons, Harry H. Mansbach III, M.D., S. Ross Mansbach , Jonathan M. Mansbach , M.D., Braden P. Herman, and Andrew T. Herman; by three stepchildren, Arthur G. Schatzkin, M.D., Paul W. Schatzkin, and Dorothy S. Higgins; and by five great-grandchildren.

A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ohef Sholom Temple by Rabbi Michael Joseph and Cantor Jennifer Bern-Vogel.

The family will receive friends at home from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Eastern Virginia Medical School, The Learning Bridge, or Ohef Sholom Temple. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - Monday, December 2, 2002

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Birth: Sep. 10, 1911
Death: Dec. 1, 2002
Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetery Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA Plot: Jewish A, Lot 83, Space 993

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Harry H. Mansbach's Timeline

September 10, 1911
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
December 1, 2002
Age 91
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Forrest Lawn Cemetery Plot: Jewish A, Lot 83, Space 993, Norfolk, Virginia, United States