In Memory of Dr. Lewis Mandell, Author of MoneySKILL®
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Lewis Mandell, author of MoneySKILL.
Dr. Mandell was a financial economist with a research specialization in financial literacy and a teaching specialization in investments and valuation at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He was a beloved mentor for many of his students as they entered their careers and as they made later career choices.
He began his professional career at the University of Michigan where he directed the Surveys of Consumer Finances. Over his 44 year academic career, he held professorships at a number of leading universities, directed research for the Comptroller of the Currency and served as Dean of Business at Marquette University and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Mandell was the author of 22 books and numerous articles. He spoke nationally and internationally on consumer and investor financial literacy and education-to be in the audience for one of his talks was a unique experience. He hosted radio call-in programs on investments and entrepreneurship in two major radio markets and served as an outside director of a publicly traded corporation. He testified before Congress four times and was a guest on numerous nationally broadcast programs including the Today Show, CNN, NPR, A&E and Fox News. He also served on numerous international and national nonprofit boards including the AFSA Education Foundation Board.
As the original author of MoneySKILL, Dr. Mandell was able to compile an abundance of important personal finance lessons so that the AFSA Education Foundation could offer it as one of the first online financial education curriculums. This valuable resource has evolved with the times and remains available to teachers and their students at no cost. In recent years its usage has expanded to broader audiences. Currently made up of 37 modules, MoneySKILL has been accessed by almost 1 million users in all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. Dr. Mandell made a difference in the lives of many students and we will be forever grateful.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Nancy, his daughter Alexis, and his brother Stan Mandell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people contribute to the charity of their choice in remembrance of Lewis Mandell.
May 10th, 2019 by Dan Bucherer