Regarding Dan Pietragallo ("Daniel A. Pietragallo Sr: Advocate for Low-Income Residents, Headed City House Agency," April 20 news obituary): Dan and I first became acquainted in August 1970, the year I started working for the city of Pittsburgh under its new mayor, Pete Flaherty. When the city received a complaint about a relocation matter I was referred to Dan who was manager of relocation at the Pittsburgh Housing Authority. Dan said he would resolve the complaint, and he did, overnight -- which was rare in those days.
Dan was all about getting things done and doing so with one of the most ebullient and positive personalities. Because of his personality and his ability to get things done right, Dan became the executive director of the housing authority. He earned it. In this position, he used his ability and personality to bring out the strengths in his various staff members to solve problems and to make sure that the housing authority achieved its goals and kept moving in the right direction. Dan was what we all want in a dedicated public servant.
He was also a great husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In his daily people interactions, Dan always made everyone he encountered feel important. Dan never complained, never criticized others and was always unbelievably positive no matter the circumstances. In his later years, when Dan stopped by our office, my staff would invariably comment on what a wonderful man he was. As we go through life it is inevitable that we lose friends to age. In losing Dan, we lost one of the very best.
BRUCE D. CAMPBELL
Campbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller
The writer was executive secretary to Mayor Pete Flaherty.