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Mel Eisner Remembered

By Tim Boggan | July 26, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

Mel EisnerUSA Table Tennis was saddened to learn that former USATT President and contributor Mel Eisner recently passed away after battling an illness.  Eisner, an actuary (FSA) with a passion for Table Tennis, served for 5 years as elected AYTTO Board Member, and 2 years as President of USATT (1983-1990). He was also President (1965-1980) of The Greater New York Table Tennis League, a non-profit association.

USATT sends its sincere condolences to the Eisner family and friends.  

Here are two correspondences received today between Mel's wife Judith Ackerman and USATT Historian Tim Boggan.

Dear Judith,

I'm very sorry to hear of Mel's passing, and I know how hard it must be on you to lose him. Mel was a big help to me in the 1980's. He was very reliable, very involved, caring and indefatigable. No wonder after his tenure as USTTA Vice-President he was elected President. And no wonder he liked to read T.T. History, he helped make it as few others did--he covered all bases. By coincidence, I'd just included in the volume I'm now working on, his thoughts on his relationship with Brian. Please give him too my best wishes during this trying time. x, Tim 


Dear Tim,

It is hard for me even to utter the words but my champion and husband, Mel passed away after brave battle with illness. He loved table tennis and dedicated most of his life for this cause. Many hours he reviewed your history books and had great pleasure doing so I hope to continue with this venue.

Judith Ackerman

Mel was a great person and friend as well as a great advocate for our sport of Table Tennis. He was always looking for ways to improve participation especially among the recreational players. He ran very successfully the NY League and was the first to bring the Chinese National Team to the US Open in Princeton in 1981 (I think) that he ran. A very spectacular event. He will be missed. 

Barry Dattel

Dear Judith... It is with great sadness that I have learned from Tim of Mel's death. I know he loved the sport and was a great contributor to it. We all wish you well. 

Dick Evans, President,
U.S. Table Tennis Hall of Fame