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Obituary: Crain VP Mandel dies of leukemia

Mar 11, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Leon Mandel III, 73, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., died March 5 in his home following a long and courageous fight with leukemia. Mr. Mandel was publisher emeritus of AutoWeek magazine and a vice president of Crain Communications. Mr. Mandel was also managing editor of the AutoWeek television show on Speedvision.
With a passion for automobiles and an unparalleled reputation in the industry, he reported and wrote about the car world for more than 40 years. Mr. Mandel, who was named publisher emeritus in November 2001, had been publisher of AutoWeek since 1988. He joined Crain Communications in 1983 as editor of the national car enthusiast title. He was named a vice president of the company in 1989. Mr. Mandel began his career at a weekly newspaper in Northern California. His previous positions include editor of Competition Press (AutoWeek’s predecessor), senior editor at Motor Trend and managing editor of Car and Driver. In 2000, he received an Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Citation recognizing him for decades of support of auto enthusiasm.
Mr. Mandel is predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Olivia. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dutch and Rebecca of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Olivia and Leo MacLeod of Portland, Ore.; and five grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew and Clayton Mandel and Alexander and Madeline MacLeod.
Memorial tributes may be made to the VanElslander Cancer Center, c/o St. John’s Health System Foundation, 22101 Mack Ave., Suite 102, Detroit, MI 48236.