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Last Chapter: Summer ’13

Edward Dardanell, 89 A decorated Army combat officer in World War II and Korea, Dardanell became a national leader in the suburban newspaper business, publishing 16 local papers, which later became Gateway Publishing. As a two-​term state representative, he championed environmental legislation. Dardanell led efforts to raise $5 million and…
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The lost cyclist

On June 15, Pittsburgh will celebrate the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage, the 330-​mile trail that stretches over the rugged Alleghenies to Cumberland, Md., where it links with the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath and continues to Washington, D.C.

Arrivals — Summer 2013

Kevin Fall is deputy director for research and chief technology officer of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. He will direct the research and development portfolio of the SEI’s technical programs in cybersecurity, software architecture, process improvement, measurement and estimating. A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., he comes to Pittsburgh…
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Stocks & pedestal — Summer 2013

We all want abundant domestic energy, and we all want a healthy environment. For years, though, a reasonable middle ground has been absent from the Marcellus Shale debate. Finally, change is at hand, and Pittsburgh can be proud that it started here.
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Choosing our city

We all have a unique personal introduction, the thing a friend always says to get the ball rolling. It’s the arms around the shoulders at the cocktail party followed by “Have you met Andy? He’s from Argentina.” Mine is “This is Lara. She’s one of the owners of Prantl’s Bakery.”…
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Jared L. Cohon

My grandfather’s name was Kogonovich. He arrived at Ellis Island from Poland in 1918 and didn’t speak a word of English. The immigration agent he encountered somehow believed he had called himself “Cohen,” and apparently didn’t know how to spell that, so he wrote “C-​O-​H-​O-​N,” a highly unusual spelling of…

Keep the home fires burning?

In our yard, there’s no shortage of trees that old age or wind bring crashing back to earth. I cut and split this wood the old-​fashioned way — with a wedge and a sledge. And as the old adage goes, “He who chops his own wood warms himself twice.” I work at…

Stocks & Pedestal

This summer, when Jared Cohon retires from the presidency of Carnegie Mellon University, he will leave enormous shoes to fill.

Van Wyk, Hackler, McAllister-​Lucas, Behler, Dalling

Steven Van Wyk is head of operations and technology at PNC Financial Services Group. He succeeds Tom Whitford, who will retire in March. A native of Iowa, Van Wyk comes to Pittsburgh from Amsterdam, where he was global chief operating officer for ING. Previously, he held several positions at Morgan…

David McCullough, Author, Narrator, Historian & Lecturer

When he was about 15 or so and was reading about writers and their lives, one of my sons turned to me one evening and said, “Dad, I don’t think you’re ever going to be a really great writer.” “Why is that?” I asked him. He said, “You had way…

In Jeopardy

The final Jeopardy category: Phrase Origins. My wager: $6,999 — all I had. The clue: “This two-​word adjective for going against accepted speech or conduct first appeared in a 1933 translation from Izvestia.“

Raising the bar

Going to law school as a get-​rich plan? Maybe you’ve come to the wrong place. That’s the message the University of Pittsburgh’s new law school dean, William M. “Chip” Carter Jr., relays to incoming students or existing ones seeking guidance.

You’re not the boss of me

The sweatshirt is off-​pink. It has shoulder pads. “The shoulder pads make it slimming,” my mother says. “And it’s not pink. It’s burnt salmon.” We sit on my mother’s bed, two co-​eds at a sleepover. My mother is just back from a vacation she wasn’t well enough to go on.…

Richardson, Allen, Bork, Musial, Potter, Horne, Krugman, Millar, Hughes, Cardinali, Ferriero, Jones, Novak

by PQ Staff
Jim Richardson, 75 Jim Richardson was the creator of the Post-Gazette’s “Seen” column. While running the salon at Kaufmann’s, he suggested a society column to Post-​Gazette editor John Craig, and the idea took off. The slight and stylish Texas native had a big sense of fun. A keen observer who…

Snavely, Smyth, Specter, Cloud, Marous, Klett, Pastorius, Cook

Chris Snavely, 88 In 1958, Chris Snavely purchased the Germain Lumber Corp. and ultimately turned the company, founded in 1902, into Snavely Forest Products, a major national lumber wholesaler. In World War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was captured and remained a POW until…
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