Mel died of heart failure in California on Dec. 8, 2001. He grew up on Chicago's North Shore, coming to Princeton from New Trier.
Mel served on the freshman governing council and on the Orange Key governing board his junior and senior years. A Quadrangle Club member, he graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School with honors. He received a master's in modern European history from the U. of California at Berkeley.
From 1951‚€“53 Mel served in Korea, receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious service. In 1953 he returned to Chicago to join the First National Bank training program. By 1962 he was vice president, then the youngest in the bank's history.
He left the bank in 1963 to pursue a writing career and eventually moved to Beverly Hills. Unsuccessful as a writer, he became a real estate investor in Laguna Beach, where he moved in 1976. Mel loved ships, traveling the world in the '80s and early '90s, when he spent more than 500 nights at sea. Our condolences go to his friend of 28 years, Richard L. Burns, and his brother, Thomas Carney and family.
The Class of 1950