July 17, 2013 – Retired judge and Erie native Jack K. Mandel, who graduated from Allegheny College in 1958, and his wife, Judy, have made a gift to the college of more than 50 World War I era posters.
The public is welcome to attend a reception for Jack Mandel from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, in the Tippie Alumni Center. A slideshow at the reception will showcase the posters in the collection.
The college will display the posters in campus buildings that see the most student traffic, including this fall in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts and Arter Hall, where the history department is housed.
Mandel earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and an LLB from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a judge in the Superior Court of Orange County, California, for 19 years, until his retirement.
In 2008 Henry T. Nicholas III and Mandel established the first Nicholas Academic Center. Two Nicholas Academic Centers in Santa Ana, California, now provide students with academic tutoring, social services, cultural enrichment programs, college connection opportunities and scholarship opportunities.
Mandel serves as executive director of the Henry T. Nicholas Educational Foundation.
More than 340 students have gone on to college – most attending top schools — with the foundation’s help.
Long known for his philanthropy, Mandel is the recipient of numerous awards. He has received the Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the California Judges Association, the George Washington Award from the Freedom Foundation, the Volunteer of the Year from the Los Angeles Times and many others.
Allegheny College recognized him in 2008 with its Alumni Medal, the college’s oldest and most prestigious award. Mandel served as a trustee of the college for many years and made it possible for dozens of inner-city students from Orange County to attend Allegheny College.