Dr. Melvin Strobel, 86, attended the University of Louisville, where he was a cheerleader and president of his freshman class. He graduated from Illinois College of Optometry. He practiced optometry in Louisville, and in recent years, Shelbyville. Dr. Strobel had a dual career; he was one of the pioneers and founders of the Aerosol industry and established the first Aerosol products manufacturing facility in the south. He was in the Army Air Corp. during World War II and was stationed on a radar outpost in the jungle, 100 miles from the Panama Canal.
During the 1967 Westminster Nursing Home fire in Buechel, Dr. Strobel entered the flaming building on nine separate occasions, emerging with a patient each time. He was a distance and competitive swimmer, and saved dozens of additional lives while working as a year-round lifeguard for many years.