Former ABC president dies

Mark Mandala worked at the network for 32 years

Mark Mandala, a 32-year veteran of ABC who served the network as president for a decade, died July 11 in Dorset, Vt., while playing a round of golf. He was 72.

Mandala joined ABC in 1962. In 1983, he was named to head the network's owned-and-operated TV stations division and three years later was upped to ABC president. Capital Cities/ABC would eliminate the position upon Mandala's retirement in May 1995.

Among Mandala's survivors is his wife of 48 years, Joan Neely Mandala, and sons Steve, Charlie and Michael. Steve Mandala is executive vp cable entertainment ad sales at NBC Universal.

Mandala maintained residences in La Quinta, Calif., and Dorset. An avid golfer, he was a member of several clubs, including Bel Air in Los Angeles and Citrus in La Quinta.

A memorial for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Dorset Field Club. A second memorial will be held later on the West Coast.