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Sen. Harry Meshel dies at the age of 93

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Sen. Harry Meshel Sen. Harry Meshel

Former State Senator and long time public servant Harry Meshel died on Monday at the age 93.

Meshel was a graduate of Youngstown State University.

He served in the Ohio State Senate from 1970-1993.  Then he served as chair to the Ohio Democratic Party from 1993-1995.  In May 2007, Ted Strickland appointed him to the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees to serve a nine-year term.

He played an important role over the years in the growth of Youngstown State University and NEOUCOM.

Senator Meshel's legacy lives with a hall at YSU bearing his name and a park at Lake Milton.

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor has a classroom named after the late senator.

The World War II veteran earned his medals as a Navy Seabee serving in the South Pacific where he captured a Japanese soldier.

Meshel was deeply involved in veteran's affairs and interested in the welfare of those who have served in the military.

He was instrumental in the creation of the Veteran's Resource Center at YSU.

As an avid fan of boxing, Meshel once called the Valley the center of the boxing world.  He was honored last year with a 12 bout amateur boxing card organized under his name.

Senator Meshel was recognized in 2015 for his volunteerism and advocacy for senior citizens when he was the recipient of a Valley Legacy Award.

Funeral services are pending.

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