Harold Leo Mindell
Sivan 8, 5775
August 5, 1925
May 26, 2015
Harold Leo “Heb” Mindell was born Aug. 5, 1925 in Hartford, Conn. to Max and Helen (Wohl) Mindell, immigrants from the Minsk region of Russia. Max served with the U.S. Cavalry in World War One.
After graduating from Weaver High School in Hartford in 1943, Heb was drafted into the Army and assigned to the 86th (Black Hawk) Infantry Division in Camp Livingston, La., where he became a first scout and sniper in a rifle platoon. He earned expert badges in carbine and Browning Automatic Rifle and sharpshooter in Rifle. He was deployed to France and subsequently to Germany, where he engaged in combat from Cologne to Austria. After the war, he was deployed to the Philippines and returned to the U.S. in April 1946.
He attended University of Michigan College of Engineering on the GI Bill, graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering, and became a partner in the West Hartford, Conn. consulting engineering firm, Dubin Mindell Bloome Associates. He designed the mechanical systems for schools, universities, and churches across the country, including the cutting-edge Salk Institute of Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif. From 1973-78, Heb, his wife Connie, and their three children lived in Jerusalem, where he was chief engineer at Hadassah Hospital and involved with the rededication of its Mount Scopus facility. After returning to the U.S., he was chief engineer and project manager for several hospitals and school districts in Connecticut.
Heb was a member of Beth El Temple in West Hartford, Conn.
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U.S. Army, 86th Infantry "Black Hawk" Division
Served from September 30, 1943 to April 8, 1946
Technician Fifth Grade
Good Conduct Medal; Victory Medal; European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon; Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon; American Theater Campaign Ribbon