In this 2008 photo, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton shows off a Steelers jersey presented to her at a Allegheny County Democtratic Committee dinner at Heinz Field. With her is Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, former Mayor Sophie Masloff and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
Mayor Sophie Masloff leads the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1990 in a rousing version of John Philip Sousa's Washington Post march in Point State Park.
Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff was remembered Sunday as a person who came along at the right time for a city in transition. Here is a sampling of comments from people who knew and worked with her.
“Her passion and love for Pittsburgh was exemplified in all she did. Coming out of the Great Depression, Sophie saw numerous changes in Pittsburgh. She was a part of many of these changes and was the leader that this community needed.” — Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
“Sophie Masloff personified Pittsburgh; she was kind and approachable, but you dared not underestimate her. Like so many of those who built our city, she was self-made, the daughter of immigrants and civic-minded. She committed herself to public life for decades, rising from a teenage political leader to the top of Pittsburgh government as the city’s first female mayor.” — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto
“She loved the job, and she so epitomized Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh was still struggling to figure out what it was going to be after the collapse of the steel mills. It was a particularly difficult time to be mayor. She never forgot where she came from, whether she was talking to the president of the United States of a guy from the North Side, she treated everyone the same, and that's what I remember about her. She was us.” — Tom Murphy, who succeeded her as mayor
“Throughout her career, her only concern was for the city, not whether she would gain a personal advantage, not whether she was rewarding friends or hurting enemies. None of that stuff entered her mind. It was always what was best for the city, ... and she was just a very good human being.” — Frederick N. Frank, attorney, family spokesman and friend
“Sophie Masloff was the quintessential daughter of Pittsburgh, an outspoken, direct and honest character who embraced her work with a sense of service and a spark of joy. ... It was Sophie who first envisioned what became PNC Park, and it was Sophie who also led the way in promoting equality of opportunity, both by word and by her own example as both the city’s first female and first Jewish chief executive.” — Gov. Tom Corbett
“My family and families across our commonwealth join the people of Pittsburgh in expressing our sadness regarding the passing of Sophie Masloff. She was beloved and respected by citizens as well as public officials in southwestern Pennsylvania. Sophie was a visionary and provided a strong foundation of leadership [that] spearheaded the growth and success that we see today in the city of Pittsburgh. She was also a trailblazer as the first woman to lead Pittsburgh.” — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
“She had this deep and really unique sense of what it meant to be a public servant.” — Lew Borman, her former spokesman
“Today I lost a dear friend, wonderful partner and mentor in Sophie Masloff. More importantly, all of us who call Pittsburgh our home lost the most beloved woman to grace our neighborhoods. I will miss her terribly. Though we came from different communities, religions and politics, Sophie and I were partners in everything.” — Elsie Hillman, Republican Party activist
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