Mel Feuer, a former teacher and World War II veteran who was imprisoned in the Stalag 17 POW camp and spent his retirement mentoring local schoolchildren, died of cancer Monday in Los Angeles. He was 92.
Feuer was the father of L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer; his death was announced by Rob Wilcox, community engagement and outreach director for Feuer's office.
For more than two decades, Feuer used his war experience in weekly visits to classrooms. He was bent and used a cane. But he exerted a Pied Piper-like spell over children, observed Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez this year. "He charges ahead and you have to hurry to keep up," Lopez wrote.