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    Former ARRL First Vice President Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML (SK)

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    ARLX006 Former ARRL First Vice President Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML (SK)

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    Special Bulletin 6  ARLX006
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT  May 23, 2012
    To all radio amateurs

    ARLX006 Former ARRL First Vice President Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML (SK)

    After a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, of Dumont, New Jersey, passed away May 23. He was 67. An ARRL Life Member, Mendelsohn began his time with ARRL in 1983 when he was
    elected as Vice Director of the Hudson Division. After two terms as Vice Director, he was elected as Hudson Division Director in 1987. In 1996, the ARRL Board of Directors elected Mendelsohn as its First Vice  president, where he    
    served until 2000. The next year, he was again elected as the Hudson Division Vice Director, serving through

    Outside of his League activities, Mendelsohn was active both as the Communications Director of the New York City Marathon and, along with his wife Heidi, W2MLW, as the Game Day Frequency Coordinator (GDC) for the New York Jets. The November 2007 issue of QST featured Mendelsohn on its cover along with an article about him and the GDC program. Mendelsohn was inducted into the CQ Hall of Fame last week for his contributions to the ARRL, the New York City Marathon and the National Football League.

    Mendelsohn was a 30 year veteran of the US Navy, rising to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer, with a Cryptologist rating. He received two Navy Achievement Awards for creating an important national security database for personal computers. While stationed in Scotland in the late 1960s, Mendelsohn was GM5AHS. He was a member of the North Jersey DX Association (NJDXA) and was the current President of the Bergen Amateur Radio Association (BARA). At one point, Mendelsohn served as President of both organizations

    ''Steve's passing is a great loss in the world of Amateur Radio,'' said ARRL Hudson Division Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF. ''I will always treasure the times I spent with Steve over the many years I knew him. To me, and to all of Amateur Radio, he was a strong leader, dedicated mentor and most importantly, a true friend to many of us throughout the entire Amateur Radio community. Most recently, as a courageous fighter, Steve battled pancreatic cancer, but still continued to serve the ham community until the end and enjoyed many hours on the air. Our prayers go out to his family and his beloved Heidi. Rest now, my friend, you are at peace. We will miss you.''

    ''Steve brought a unique personality and perspective to the ARRL Board,'' said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. ''Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time of loss.''

    Funeral arrangements are pending.

    Further information about Steve's life may be found on the web at,

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