I’ll bet that I’m the only musician ever to record a CD simply titled “Pittsburgh,” which is a tribute to my beloved hometown. It’s a “miracle city,” really. When it comes to industry, culture and the arts, Pittsburgh has contributed more to the world than most people can begin to imagine.

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  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Ahmad Jamal
  • Sidebar Sub Title Jazz Master
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    Honorary Doctorate of Music, New England Conservatory (2015)

    Down Beat Hall of Fame, 76th Readers’ Poll (2011)

    Ordre des Arts et de Lettres, Government of France (2007)

    Living Jazz Legend, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2007)

    American Jazz Hall of Fame, New Jersey Jazz Society (2003)

    Gold Medallion, Steinway & Sons 150 Years Celebration (2003)

    American Jazz Masters Award, National Endowment for the Arts (1994)

I grew up in Southern New Hampshire in essentially a suburb of Boston. My mother was a homemaker, as many women were back then, and my father was a commercial airline pilot for Pan American World Airways, having been a U.S. Marine fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Christina Cassotis
  • Sidebar Sub Title Allegheny County Airport Authority
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    Allegheny County Airport Authority, CEO (2015 – present)

    ICF SH&E, Managing Officer, Airport Services (200714)

    SH&E, Inc., Director (19982007)

    Massachusetts Port Authority, Deputy Director of Communications (199398)

I was born and raised in the Bloomfield-​Garfield section of Pittsburgh, which is now called “Friendship.” I attended St. Lawrence O’Toole Grade School in Garfield, Central Catholic High and then Carnegie Mellon University in nearby Oakland, and have lived and raised my family in Squirrel Hill for the past 33 years. So, geographically…

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  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Rich Fitzgerald
  • Sidebar Sub Title Allegheny County Executive
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    Allegheny County, county executive (2011 – present)

    Allegheny County Council, District 11 (201011)

    Aquenef, business owner (1982 – present)

    Nalco Chemical Company, sales engineer, Rockford, Illinois (19811982)

    Carnegie Mellon University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, business minor (1981)

My father was a country doctor; my mom, a nurse. Their relationship was grounded in the values of service and compassion, and they included their children — me, for sure — in that vision. So I made house calls with my dad and, among other things, got to practice parallel parking while delivering Meals on Wheels with…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Jim Withers, M.D.
  • Sidebar Sub Title Street Doctor
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    CNN Top 10 Heroes” (2015)

    Street Medicine Institute, founder & executive director (2008 – present)

    Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net, founder & medical director (1992 – present)

    Mercy Hospital, physician & instructor (1984 – present)

    University of Pittsburgh, M.D. (1984)

    Haverford College, B.S. Chemistry (1980)

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