Barnes, Rogers, Dawson, Houston, Cavalier, Taube, Feeney
J. David Barnes, 91: After graduating from Harvard Law in 1954, Mr. Barnes spent two years in the Army and then joined Mellon Bank. He retired 30 years later as the chairman and chief executive officer.
Active on many corporate and philanthropic boards through the years, he was especially fond of the Ellis School, helping to double its endowment and undergo a major renovation. He also spent 30 years as a member of the board of trustees at Pitt. In his spare time, Mr. Barnes liked to rebuild antique tractors and cared for the many stray animals who were welcomed into his home.
Joanne Rogers, 92: Gracious and warm, Joanne Rogers had as many fans in the neighborhood as her late husband of more than 50 years, Fred Rogers. An accomplished concert pianist, teacher, advocate for the arts and children, and mother of two sons, Mrs. Rogers seemed to personify the qualities of goodness and decency that were the hallmarks of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Her sense of humor and delightful laugh endeared her to all, as did her accessibility and commitment to both Pittsburgh and her husband’s legacy. She helped to develop the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College in his honor.
Mary Dawson, 89: An award-winning vertebrate paleontologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Ms. Dawson oversaw the fourth largest vertebrate fossil collection in North America. But she was happiest out in the field, digging in the mud for fossils. When she was hired in 1963 as a research associate, she was told a woman would never be made head curator. Ten years later, she was. She also chaired the museum’s earth sciences division and was recognized as a curator emeritus after her 2003 retirement. Considered a pioneer of polar paleontology, she uncovered crucial evidence of dramatic climate change in the distant past and was widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost paleontologists.
Eula Houston, 81: She started her first job at Animal Friends in 1957 and remained there for 60 years, spending many of them in managing positions at the shelter. While working full time, Mrs. Huston also raised eight children with the same kindness and compassion she showered on animals. Her children never knew what animals would greet them when they came home from school, with their mother always willing to give any pet extra attention. After her retirement in 2017, she continued to work as a volunteer, helping tens of thousands of animals in her lifetime.
James Edward Cavalier, 93: The beloved head of school and founder of Sewickley Academy’s Senior School got his start at Shady Side Academy, where he taught English and Latin. A summer job at a camp in Maine led to the chance to develop a senior school at Sewickley, and he went on to craft an educational program that went beyond academics and athletics. Devoted to racial and economic diversity, he convinced the school to offer financial aid and was known for helping students with personal problems. Mr. Cavalier was honored with the “Cavalier Cup,” an award given to the senior who exemplifies the best scholarship, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Moshe Taube, 93: A cantor for more than four decades at Congregation Beth Shalom, Rev. Moshe Taube survived the Holocaust on the renowned Schindler’s list and became one of the great Jewish cantors of his generation. His soaring tenor was wed to the emotive cantorial style of his native Krakow and prewar Eastern European Judaism. He recorded solo and chorus pieces, chanting prayers and hymns, and composed many works that are widely used in worship. “I never forget that I am the standard-bearer of a rich, undying Jewish musical heritage,” he told the Post-Gazette. He kept a photo showing him greeting Mrs. Schindler when he sang a tribute to her during her visit to Pittsburgh. He was number 22 on the list.
Anne Feeney, 69: Her grandfather was a mineworker’s union organizer and a violinist, so being an activist folk singer came naturally. In high school, she sang at an anti-war rally. In 1972, she was arrested at the Republican National Convention for protesting the nomination of Richard Nixon. The same year, she co-founded Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. Feeney, graduated from the Pitt School of Law, spent 12 years as a trial attorney and served as president of the Pittsburgh Musicians’ Union. She also was president of a NOW chapter and served on the board of the Thomas Merton Center. Her business card read, “Performer, Producer, Hellraiser.”