Charles Mindell, 90, pharmacist

August 07, 2006

Charles Mindell, a Baltimore pharmacist and owner of a pioneering health food store, died of kidney disease Friday at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. The Pikesville resident was 90.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Forest Park High School, where he was captain of the basketball team.

Soon after graduating from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1937, Mr. Mindell opened his own store on East North Avenue.

As a young pharmacist, he changed the spelling of his last name from Mindel to Mindell to distinguish himself from his cousin Charles Mindel, a prominent Baltimore attorney.

He met his first wife, the former Mildred Margolis, on the tennis court, and they married in 1940. She died of breast cancer in 1957.

In 1964, Mr. Mindell married Irene Goldberg. Two years later, the couple opened Diet and Healthfoods Inc. in Reisterstown Road Plaza. They owned the business for 15 years.

An avid golfer at Woodholme Country Club, Mr. Mindell loved crossword puzzles, cigars and reading the New York Post. After he retired, he spent winters in Florida and frequently visited Atlantic City.

He was a member of Har Sinai Congregation.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Morton Mindell of Pikesville; a sister, Jeanne Brown of Pikesville; a brother, Melvin Mindel of Del Ray, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Judith Selis of Rockville and Maxine Zemil of Pikesville; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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