Obituaries

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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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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…

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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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Last Chapter: Fall ’12

Paul R. Jenkins, 80 As the former leader of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Jenkins was a key regional leader who spurred numerous improvements in Greater Pittsburgh and West Virginia for more than 40 years. A Pittsburgh native who received an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a law degree from…
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Last Chapter: Summer ’12

Dr. James Shaver, 77 A master with the stethoscope who could both diagnose and mimic the sounds of the human heart, Dr. Shaver was a 45-​year cardiologist at UPMC who taught generations of cardiologists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He was chief of cardiology for 25 years and…
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Last Chapter: Winter ’12

Thomas P. Brody, 91 Brody was a multi-​talented man who qualified for the Olympics as a swimmer and later had more than 60 patents to his name. His most famous invention — the active matrix — is used in a variety of technological devices, including cell phones and televisions. A native of Hungary, his…
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Last Chapter: Fall ’11

Frank Mascara, 81 The son of Italian immigrants, Mascara was orphaned at the age of 16. He overcame a hardscrabble childhood to become Washington County controller, 14-​year Chairman of the Washington County Commission, and four-​term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A native of Belle Vernon, the moderate Democrat…
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Last Chapter: Summer ’11

Henry Posner Jr., 92 Posner was a very successful businessman and generous philanthropist. Valedictorian at Shady Side Academy and honors graduate of Princeton, he was a research scientist during World War II. He taught chemistry at Pitt before joining Pittsburgh Outdoor Advertising, a billboard business he took over from his…
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Last chapter: Spring ’10

Yvonne Zanos, 60 A former Miss Pennsylvania runner-​up, she was a tall, striking woman who became beloved in Pittsburgh as KDKA-TV’s reliable and savvy consumer reporter. Known for her warm and winning personality, she was also a tough advocate for consumers. Zanos believed in and was dedicated to television’s public…
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Last chapter: Summer ’10

Frank Sarris, 78 Sarris was a self-​made man whose generosity helped a spectrum of his fellow citizens — from community organizations in his hometown of Canonsburg to the University of Pittsburgh, where he donated $5 million to the liver transplant program. He and his wife Athena were a team, and in the…
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Last chapter: Winter ’11

Willard J. Tillotson Jr., 82 Industry pioneer Bill Tillotson founded and led one of Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest wealth-​management firms, Hefren-​Tillotson. Born with a competitive and friendly nature in the village of Tillotson, near Erie, he served in the U.S. Army for two years before entering Allegheny College, where he…
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Last chapter: Fall ’10

Robert R. Lavelle, 94 Lavelle founded the Hill District’s Dwelling House Savings & Loan, which helped thousands of people get loans and own their own homes. A devout Christian, the dignified rock of the Hill District viewed his financial work as his mission, advising and helping customers when they were…
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Last chapter: Winter ’06

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Charles Owen Rice, 96 Monsignor Rice was termed “The most important Catholic social activist in 20thcentury Pittsburgh.” Known as the “Labor Priest,” he was a fiery advocate of working people — a regular on picket lines and protests of many stripes from the 1930s until the end of the century.…
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Last chapter: Winter ’10

J. Wray Connolly, 75 Connolly played a pivotal role in the transition that brought Chancellor Mark Nordenberg to the helm of the University of Pittsburgh. Connolly spent his career at the H.J. Heinz Co., where, among other things, he was credited for the pioneering transition of putting Heinz Ketchup in…
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