Deceased Information

  • DECEASED

    Michael Mescon

  • AGE

    86

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Sunday, November 12, 2017 (After Sunset)

  • DATE OF FUNERAL

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

  • TIME OF FUNERAL

    2:00 PM

  • PLACE OF FUNERAL

    Graveside

  • SHIVA INFORMATION

    Shivah will be observed at the Borghese on Wednesday, immediately following the funeral until 6:00 pm, Thursday from 4 to 6 pm (5:00 pm minyan service), and Friday from 2 to 4 pm.

    3286 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30327

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  • OBITUARY

    Michael H. “Mike” Mescon passed away peacefully Sunday, November 12, 2017. He was 86. Michael H. Mescon, who the Wall Street Journal described as the Pied Piper of Private Enterprise, was first and foremost a family man. He married his teenage sweetheart Enid 65 years ago, immediately after they both graduated from the University of Miami. They originally met at a Bnai Brith Youth Convention when they were both 12. Mike and Enid lived in the same house in Sandy Springs for almost 50 years. Mike was the son of Florence and Abe Mescon and while born in Toronto, Canada, grew up in Charleston, SC, and graduated Miami Beach High School in FL. He is predeceased by a brother Lou, a sister Helen, and his daughter Nance. Mike and Enid have two sons, Tim (Lauren) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Jed (Phyllis) in Chattanooga, TN. They have seven grandchildren living across the U.S. from California to Georgia. After graduating the University of Miami and earning a Master’s Degree, Mike and Enid moved to NYC, where Mike completed his Ph.D. in Human Relations at New York University at age 23. In New York, Mike pursued his lifelong love of weightlifting under the famous Sig Klein in Manhattan and Mike became a fitness fanatic before fitness became fashionable. Over the decades of his professional career, he would recommend gyms and fitness centers globally for road-weary travelers. Following graduation for NYU, Mike immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent two years as a PFC at Ft. Jackson, SC. Mike maintained a close and proud link with the U.S. military for his entire life, including very active engagement with Veterans of the Vietnam War. Mike joined what was then the Georgia State College of Business Administration in 1956 and eventually became Chair of the Department of Management, the world’s first Holder of the Bernard B. and Eugenia Ramsey Chair of Private Enterprise (1963), and retired as Dean of the Robinson College of Business in 1990. Mike loved Georgia State, and as an investment partner in the group that created Technology Park over 40 years ago, gave his shares to Georgia State. Mike continued to teach a graduate course with Professor Harvey Newman in the Andrew Young School at Georgia State for many years. One of Mike’s great stories involved the late Richard Rich, Chairman of Rich’s Department Stores. In the late 1950s, when Mike was a young assistant professor at Georgia State, and was also working as a consultant for Rich’s, Dick Rich challenged Michael by asserting he “knew nothing about business.” Mike conferred with Enid and immediately took a three-year leave from Georgia State and went to work full-time for Rich’s, managing what was the Stewart Avenue Center. Mike claimed it was the single best professional experience of his career. He received honorary degrees from The Citadel, where he held a Chaired Professorship, and the College of Charleston. Mike loved downtown Atlanta and for many years was active in the Y, the Commerce Club, the Atlanta Rotary, and served in key leadership roles for many non-profits, including the American Heart Association, Northside Hospital, the American Red Cross, and many, many others. Mike was a distinguished academic, book author, and champion of private enterprise. His co-authored Introduction to Business Test, Business Today, was the world’s top-selling text and was translated in many languages, including Russian. Mescon founded the Georgia Council for Economic Education and the Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE). For 20 years, he was contributing editor and co-authored a monthly management column for Delta Air Lines SKY Magazine, as well a regular columnist for years for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Some of the most popular articles were included in a book, Showing Up for Work & Other Keys to Business Success, for which he received the Georgia Author of the Year Award from the Council of Authors and Journalist. Mike was a global consultant and founded the Mescon Group in the late 1960s with colleagues Carl Bramlett and Don Jewell. The Mescon Group became one of the largest academically based organizational design and business process engineering firms in the U.S., specializing in plant restructuring in the pulp and paper industry, and was eventually acquired in the early 2000’s by Aprio. Mike was also a proud co-owner of Carson-Schoenfeld VW/Fiat/Porsche in Marietta, part of his lifelong love for cars. Over the years, Mike served as a director of a number of publicly held corporations and served as a keynote speaker/consultant to companies across the globe. He was always in demand for corporate engagements and was an amazing speaker and thought-leader impacting many organizations around the world. To this day, so very many quote from Mike Mescon speeches including: “Show up, on time, dressed to play, you’ll never have to break a sweat.” He and Enid traveled to every continent and loved their time together and with family and friends. His greatest love was teaching young people at Georgia State University. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Michael Mescon Endowment Fund at Georgia State University, PO Box 2668, Atlanta, GA 30301, www.gsu.edu/giving. Sign online guestbook at www.edressler.com. Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, with Rabbi Peter Berg and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Austin Center

    Wish you and your family my condolences.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Jack and Jackie Shapiro

    The University of Miami is front and center today. Our prayers are with you Enid and your family. An unforgettable friend.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Jack and Jackie Shapiro

    The University of Miami is front and center today. Our prayers are with you Enid and your family. An unforgettable friend.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Jack and Jackie Shapiro

    The University of Miami is front and center today. Our prayers are with you Enid and your family. An unforgettable friend.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Phyllis and Lew Kravitz

    Our heartfelt condolences to Enid and the rest of the family. Mike was one of a kind - - a very special person. He will be missed.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Merrill Wynne

    Was so sad to learn of Mike\'s passing. Mike was a very special person and had some great conversations after his merger with HA&W. He always had time for everyone and a great listener and teacher . We all learned so much from Mike and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mescon Family. Merrill Wynne

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Melody and Andy Hodes

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel

    I was lucky enough to have a class from Mike. From that came a friendship with Enid and Mike. Always enjoyed seeing them --last time at the OK Cafe. Atlanta was lucky to have his knowledge in our city--he will be missed.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Marsha Cash

    I worked with Dr. Mescon at GSU. He would arrive at Pine Mountain for one of our business seminars in his fancy car, which I can\'t remember the name at the moment or in a plane. Always classy, always loyal to GSU.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Jerry Frostig

    so very sorry to hear about Michael. i have known him a while back and his family .Michael was very nice and helpful even i have not seen him in a while it always nice to see him or his wife or family, RIP.. prayers and good thoughts go out to his family and friends

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Mary Beth Walker

    My sympathies to all the family - Mike was a wonderful friend to me and to Georgia State University. I still use some of the great advice he gave me over the years.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Paul

    Wishing your family peace, love and all the fondest memories that Michael left on those he helped. Our prayers for your family in this time of loss

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Judith and Tom Mogul-Farnam

    Jed and Phyllis, We did not have the privilege of meeting your dad, however after reading about him, we can see that the apple did not fall far from the tree. His enthusiasm for life and many talents were certainly passed on to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Judy and Tom

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Deborah Levine

    Our thoughts are with you and much sympathy on your loss of this amazing man. Deborah and Earl

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Michael Seeber

    Jed, Phyllis, and Enid I enjoyed your dad and husband. I am so sorry! He lives in so many great legacies, such as you Jed! Mike Seeber

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Ken Kanter

    Dear Enid, Jed, Phyllis and family, I am so sad to hear about Mike\'s death. He was a remarkable man who, with Enid, played a hugely important role in my and so many other peoples\' lives. He lived a remarkable life, improving the world in so many ways, most of all serving as the patriarch of his incredible family. Please know my heartfelt condolences and love go to you all. Ken

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Karen Diamond & Clark White

    Dear Phyllis and Jed, We send our deepest condolences on your loss. I was fortunate to spend wonderful break-the-fasts with you and your parents. Mr. Mescon was a scholar, businessman and a true gentleman. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you both, Karen and Clark

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Barbara Paper

    My sincere sympathies go to the members of the Mescon family.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Richard Boozer MBA \'71 GSU

    R.I.P. Dr. Michael Mescon. You were a great inspiration and I treasured my time at GSU.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Carol M Young

    Larry and I are so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • G Rankin Cooter

    I was blessed to be a colleague of Mike\'s at Georgia State University for many years. We served on many joint projects which assisted GSU in it\'s growth and development and benefitted many of our students. He loved GSU and working with students. He was the ultimate professional and I was blessed to know him and call him my friend. My sincerest sympathy to his family on his passing. G Rankin Cooter Professor Emeritus, GSU

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • G Rankin Cooter

    I was blessed to be a colleague of Mike\'s at Georgia State University for many years. We served on many joint projects which assisted GSU in it\'s growth and development and benefitted many of our students. He loved GSU and working with students. He was the ultimate professional and I was blessed to know him and call him my friend. My sincerest sympathy to his family on his passing. G Rankin Cooter Professor Emeritus, GSU

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • John and Brenda Loetscher

    Jed Our condolences to you and your family. What a great man and life to all he taught and inspired. Surely his life lives on in you with your quick smile and generous spirit.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Doug Loveridge

    Jed, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you find peace in knowing that your father is in a better place today. Take care my friend...

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Don Mueller

    Jed - I am sorry that I never got the chance to know your father personally. It is clear that I got to know a little about who he was by knowing you. He obviously had an amazing impact on you. You are a bright light for our health system and I can only imagine that you are who you are, in a large part, because of who your father was. We are blessed to have you as part of our team and our sympathy goes out to you and your family for your loss.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Scott Feld

    Jed, I am so sorry for your loss. Although I never met your father everything I heard over the years is that we was a great man.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Rob and Debby Roebuck

    I have such fond memories of Dr. Mescon [Mike] coming to speak at KSU and particularly when he would come to speak to our EMBA students. No one could command an audience like him. Each time, I would be as spill bound as the first time I heard him speak. My thoughts and prayers are with this special family. Blessings, Debby and Rob Roebuck

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Phil Larkins

    I knew Mike from Georgia State days and continued the friendship through years with Bank South and Northern Trust. While his Management skills are well known, his always cheerful demeanor and optimism are traits that will stay with me forever. Phil Larkins

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Sharon Williams

    Jed...My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Your Erlanger friend, Sharon Williams

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Jerald Phillips

    Dr. Mescon was a giant in Business Education as well in Life. His leadership built the School of Business to a prominent position in the world. He will surely be missed.\"I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.\" Psalms 73:23, 24

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Bill and Jaye Hensel

    Tim and Lauren: So sorry for your loss. All thoughts and prayers are with and your family.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Janet Sugarman

    Tim, Jerry and I are so sorry to read of your father\'s death. He was a lovely and brilliant man.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Elaine and Jerry Blumenthal

    Our deep sympathy on the loss of your precious Michael. He was most extraordinary and made great contributions to all his endeavors. Love, Elaine and Jerry

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Robert Moore

    I always enjoyed my contact with Mike Mescon. He was insightful and generous of spirit. Condolences to his family.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Rabbi Judith Beiner

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May you be comforted by all of the wonderful memories you have of times shared.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Peter Fleming

    Mike will be sorely missed! I had the great privilege of working with Mike and Enid during my tenure at The Northern Trust Company. Mike was one of most gracious and positive men I have ever known. He enriched my life in many ways.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Jenny Giarratano

    Dr. Mescon was a witty, wise, generous and beloved educator to many. He is missed. My condolences to his dear family.

    November 13, 2017 , 02:45 PM


  • Bebe

    We have lost an amazing man. Such a lovely gentleman. My thoughts are with you all. Bebe

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


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