Gershon Nachman Mandelker
June 5, 2024

Funeral Information

June 10 2024 - 1:00 pm
Homewood Cemetery Dor Hadash Star of David Section, 1599 S Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

GERSHON NACHMAN MANDELKER: On Wednesday, June 5, 2024, Beloved husband of the late Ester Stock Mandelker.  Loving father of Eiran Moshe Mandelker and Sigal Pearl Mandelker.  Doting Saba (grandfather) of granddaughters. Gershon was born in Mlyniv, Poland in 1936.  During World War II, Gershon and his father survived the Holocaust by hiding underground, in the woods, and in haystacks. His mother sadly was killed in the Holocaust, as was most of his extended family. After the war, Gershon lived in displaced persons camps until he got to Israel in 1948. Education meant everything to his father and to Gershon (a value he would pass on to his children). Gershon went on to receive his bachelor's degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he met his beautiful late wife Ester. Gershon, Ester and their son Eiran left Israel in 1969 so that Gershon could go to the University of Chicago for his MBA and PhD. At Chicago, Gershon wrote a seminal paper, Risk and Return: The Case of Merging Firms. While in Chicago, Gershon's daughter Sigal was born. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Gershon and his family moved to Pittsburgh.  He first taught at Carnegie Mellon University and then at the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, where he became the Katz Alumni Chair Professor of Finance and Business Administration and built the Finance Department.  He was a wonderful colleague and friend and proud teacher and mentor to many MBA and PhD students. He was also an early member of Dor Hadash, where he served as Treasurer for many years. He was an extraordinarily devoted and kind husband, father, and grandfather. His family meant everything to him. Graveside Services and Interment will be held on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 1 PM at the Homewood Cemetery Dor Hadash Star of David Section.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gershon Mandelker's memory to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.  


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Gershon was my mentor at the Katz School back in the late ‘90s and we kept in touch briefly after I graduated. I ran into him years later with his family and he greeted me warmly, like an old friend. He was the best of the best, the cream of the crop of human beings and of professors. Rest in peace, Gershon. Sending your family kind wishes and much love during their time of celebration of Gershon’s life as well as during their grieving process.

By Mike Steinberg - June 14, 2024

Dear Mandelkers, May Gershon’s memory be a blessing. Know you are surrounded by love. Your family spoke and sang so beautifully yesterday.

By Orit Greenberg - June 11, 2024

Dear sigal and Eiran Please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of your father. I was a colleague of Gershon for many years and always valued his friendship and company and our political discussions. I retired to Washington to be with my family and thus was unable to express my condolences in person. Michael Spiro and company

By Michael spiroXHYTY - June 11, 2024

Dear Sigal and Eiran, Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your father. May his memory be a blessing for you and your families.

By Barry and Leonna Fisher - June 09, 2024

We were very sorry to hear of Gershon’s passing. May his memory be blessed. Nili and I consider it a privilege to have been friends with Gershon and Ester.They were an exceptional couple. It was always a pleasure to share their remarkable hospitality. I knew Gershon from our time together in the MBA and PhD programs at the University of Chicago, and we re-connected in Pittsburgh when Nili became Eiran’s Hebrew teacher at CDS. We will always treasure their modesty and warmth.

By Harold and Nili Paransky - June 09, 2024

I am a member of Dor Hadash and Gershon is missed already.

By Paula Engel - June 09, 2024