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Montgomery, Macino, Vento, Capretto, Marcu, Widdoes, Luderowski

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Ruth Mitchell Montgomery, 101: Five years after she and her husband moved to Pittsburgh for a job with the University of Pittsburgh in 1956, Montgomery started the effort to create the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society (now Chamber Music Pittsburgh), attracting the philanthropic support to make the dream a reality. For…

Davis, Klausing, Donatelli, Lynch, Heinz, Sachs, McEachran, Scully, Sammartino

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Nathan Davis, 81: Davis was director of jazz studies at the University of Pittsburgh and a pioneer in bringing jazz education into the mainstream. A tenor and soprano saxophone player, his 44-​year tenure at Pitt included creating the Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar, the Sonny Rollins International Jazz Archive, the International Academy…

Bognar, Franklin, Freeman, Ross, Goldstein, McElhattan, Malone

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Nadine Bognar, 87: The co-​owner of Bognar and Company, a supplier of coke and coal for the steel industry, she became chairman and CEO in 1992 after her husband’s death. While her business acumen contributed to the company’s continued success, it was her philanthropic efforts and support of a wide…

Burger, Beaumont, Fincke, Lowry, Frankel, Papadakos, Dozzi, Troan

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Herb Burger, 87: A leading Pittsburgh advertising executive, Burger led the PR effort that created the 1980s slogan, “Pittsburgh: The city with a smile on its face” while president of Creamer Inc. After the firm was sold, Burger started the St. George Group. He was the first chairman of the…

Cahouet, Romero, Needleman, Maher, Donahue, Katz, Robinson

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Frank Cahouet, 85: Cahouet rescued Mellon Bank from the brink of failure in the 1980s and restored the fabled Pittsburgh institution to strength. The first outsider to lead the bank when he arrived in 1987, he inherited bad loans and excessive expenses that led to a loss of nearly $1

Steger, Sunseri, Sculley, Livingston, Wilkinson, Croce, Cenk

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Wilbur Steger, 87: Will Steger was the creator and driving force behind Consad Research, a consulting firm that tackled practical and prospective problems from the streets of Pittsburgh to the White House. After working as an analyst at Rand, Steger left and cofounded Consad, which he ran for more than…

Pauli, Ruch, Delligatti, Goldsmith, Abraham, Armitage, Desmett, Towle

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Chuck Pauli, 73: Pauli was the former CEO and president of Pittsburgh specialty coatings company Kop-​Coat. He was vice president and general manager of the Koppers Coating Division when British company Beazer PLC took over Koppers in the late 1980s. Pauli led a management buyout of the Coatings Division, which…

Washington, Nunn, Litman, Palmer, Page, Filoni

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Milt Washington, 81: Washington was the long-​time owner of Allegheny Rehabilitation Housing Corp. — one of the largest black-​owned businesses in Pennsylvania. He was a man with a tremendous work ethic, and his success in providing low-​income housing and in several other businesses he owned allowed him to become a committed civic…

Gould, Kolar, Paris, Winter, Cardille, Oelschlager, Mosites, Williams

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Rodney S. Gould, 93 Gould captained the undergraduate Cornell crew team where he later earned a law degree. He flew 35 World War II combat missions over Germany as a B-​17 Bomber navigator. He was vice president of the Blaw-​Knox Company and later Dravo Corporation and was very involved in…

Dantry, Dunn, Wertz, Gentile, Jannetta, Lee, Campbell

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Jay Dantry, 87 Dantry was a leading light of Pittsburgh’s literary scene through his bookstore, Jay’s Bookstall, which he opened in 1959 and ran until it closed in 2008. The eclectic store on Fifth Avenue in Oakland attracted giants from the literary world for readings and signings including Margaret Atwood,…

Allison, Massaro, Olander, Harris, Kaiser, Murdoch, Burke, Copetas

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Susan Allison, 75 A longtime resident of Erie and Sewickley Heights, “Susie” Allison helped her husband, Craig, build a number of businesses, including Tollgrade Communications, which became one of Pittsburgh’s most successful public companies during the dot-​com boom under the leadership of their son Chris. She later devoted her energies…

Bron, Gaffney, Conniff, Waldman, Ebbert, Ellis, Robertshaw, Miller, Walsh, Blum

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Klaus Bron, 86 Dr. Bron was a pioneering visionary in interventional radiology and angiography. After studying the nascent field of minimally invasive angiography in Sweden, he came to Pittsburgh in 1964 and .became chief of vascular and interventional radiology as well as chief of radiology at Presbyterian University Hospital. His…

Hillman, Lenchner, Spruill, Peters, Faison, Danforth, Hoffstat

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Elsie Hillman, 89 The irreplaceable and irrepressible first lady of Pittsburgh, “Elsie” combined vision, commitment, enthusiasm and means with a common touch. Those qualities and a sense of humor and fun helped her spearhead and support political, civic, cultural and philanthropic initiatives for more than 60 years. She headed both…

Murray, Alexander, Wolfenstein, Mickle, Levin, Legato, Gordon, Snyder, Pavlovich, Dauler, Anderson

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John Murray Jr., 82 From 1988 to 2001, Murray was the high-​profile President of Duquesne University, who led the Catholic institution through a major revitalization, raising more than $200 million during his tenure. The former dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Murray was Duquesne’s first lay president…

Aldisert, Van Dusen, Standish, Budway, Geibel, Hilliard, Stewart

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Ruggero J. Aldisert, 95 Aldisert was a distinguished jurist who served on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The son of an Italian immigrant, he volunteered for service with the U.S. Marines during World War II, seeing action in the Pacific theater as a battery commander on Johnston Island…
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