News Obituaries

 Leonard Scheinholt

Obituary: Leonard L. Scheinholtz / Successful labor law attorney who helped develop Reed Smith into global force

Leonard L. Scheinholtz was a foodie before anyone knew what that was.

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 Phil Axelrod with his wife, Post-Gazette theater and online features editor Sharon Eberson.

Obituary: Phil Axelrod / Longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer

Phil Axelrod dreamed of playing second base for the Pirates, but instead became a writer and built a career that spanned four decades.

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Obituary: Rev. Christian Oravec / He was the face of St. Francis University

The Franciscan friar of more than half a century served as president of St. Francis from 1977 to 2004.

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Obituary: Lewis D. Morse / Former World War II soldier and inventor

Mr. Morse invented time-release chemicals to treat drinking water.

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Alexander Ference: Dec. 22, 1927 -- July 16, 2014.

Ross man who designed early computer technology systems for Blue Cross, Westinghouse

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 FILE - In this Friday, June 19, 2009 file photo, Johnny Winter plays during the Canton Blues Festival 2009 in downtown Canton, Ohio. Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s with his energetic performances and recordings that included producing his childhood hero Muddy Waters, died in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. He was 70. (AP Photo/The Repository, Bob Rossiter) MANDATORY CREDIT

Obituary: Johnny Winter / Texas blues legend was top-notch guitarist

The Texas blues icon rose to fame in the late 1960s.

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 Elaine Stritch, is photographed with her award for guest actress in a comedy for her work on "30 Rock," backstage at the 2007 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Sept. 2007.

Obituary: Elaine Stritch / Tart-tongued actress and singer

The American actress and singer was best known for her work on Broadway.

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Obituary: Emilie Sylvester Staisey / State senator's widow, worked for Easter Seals

Emilie Sylvester Staisey dies in California at age 93

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 Former U.S. Olympic team member Alice Coachman became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal with her win in the high jump in the 1948 Olympics in London.

Obituary: Alice Coachman / First black woman to win Olympic gold

Alice Coachman her pathbreaking athletic career running on the dirt roads of Georgia.

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Obituary: Nicholas Druga / 'Worker bee' father always prized his family

Nicholas Druga graduated from high school when he was 95 years old.

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Obituary: James MacGregor Burns / Scholar of presidents, leadership

The author of more than 20 books won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award with a major study of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Obituary: Nadine Gordimer / Nobel laureate who chronicled apartheid

She condemned the racist system in South Africa that for decades was imposed by a white minority on a black majority.

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Obituary: Joseph C. Ott / Highly regarded civil engineer, business owner

Drawn to computer engineering accidentally by way of the U.S.-Soviet space race, Mr. Ott was Pittsburgh-area entrepreneur.

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Obituary: Charlie Haden / Influential jazz bassist

His approach to harmony was deeply intuitive and sometimes deceivingly simple, always with a firm relationship to a piece’s chordal root.

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Obituary: Sid Kweller / Commercial interior designer and artist

His paintings were parodies of Bible passages, famous works of art and nature.

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Obituary: Rose Gravina / Hairdresser who played piano for silent films

When she turned 100 years old in 2010, Mrs. Gravina was as feisty as ever, playing bingo and participating in sing-alongs.

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Obituary: Tommy Ramone / Drummer and catalyst for punk rock's Ramones

He was the last surviving original member of the band that planted its roots in New York City.

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Obituary: Sara Louise Reis / Was devoted to 'synagogue life'

Friends said she was very giving of her time.

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Obituary: Robert 'Mike' Duff / Athletic all his life, sports were a family affair

Robert “Mike” Duff had a distinguished athletic career at Thiel College in Greenville.

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Obituary: John Devens, mayorat center of oil spill

John Devens, 74, whose tenure as the mayor of an obscure coastal town in Alaska was rocked by a stunning disaster on its shores, died June

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Obituary: Paula Kent Meehan, builtbeauty-products empire

Paula Kent Meehan, who built the Redken beauty-products empire that became one of the first companies to make hypoallergenic hair sprays,

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Obituary: Charles C. 'Chuck' Davis / Basketball standout from Fayette County

Chuck Davis honed his basketball skills on the competitive playgrounds of Uniontown.

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Obituary: Vincent C.A. Scully Jr. / Tax attorney, business man who loved poetry

There is a popular myth that some people are either right-brained or left-brained, creative or analytical; then there was Vince Scully.

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 Alfredo Di Stefano, 1956

Obituary: Alfredo Di Stefano / Legendary soccer star in ’50s, ’60s

The soccer star built a legendary career when he moved to Europe, leading Real Madrid to five straight Continental club championships.

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Obituary: Charles Barsotti / New Yorker cartoonist known for subtlety

Charles Barsotti‘‍s clean-lined cartoons, often depicting dogs, kings or overbearing businessmen, were a staple of The New Yorker magazine.

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Obituary: Eduard Shevardnadze / Ex-Soviet Foreign Minister, former Georgia leader

He helped Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev open their country to the West before the fall of communism in 1991.

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Obituary: William Roberts / A boxer-turned-jeweler collected antique cars

By all accounts, Mr. Robert’‍s warm character garnered as much respect as the watches and engagement rings he sold.

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 Marilyn McDevitt Rubin

Obituary: Marilyn McDevitt Rubin / Former PG food journalist poured heart into writing

Marilyn McDevitt Rubin will be remembered for her lifelong celebration of food and all the joys that surround it.

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Obituary: Paul S. Amos / Founder took Aflac to the office

Paul Amos worked with his brothers to create the insurance giant.

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Obituary: Robert J. Milie | Greensburg lawyer, school solicitor had 'civil, tactful manner'

A graduate of St. Vincent College and the Pitt School of Law, Mr. Jones served with the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in Korea.

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Obituary: Jim Brosnan / Relief pitcher changed style of baseball writing

Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a pitcher, gained greater fame and consequence in the game by writing about it.

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 Richard Mellon Scaife at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Tribune Review printing plant at the Thorn Hill Industrial Park in 1997.

Obituary: Richard M. Scaife / Ideologue, philanthropist, newspaper publisher

Mr. Scaife was one of the few Western Pennsylvanians to end up on the annual Forbes list of wealthiest Americans.

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 Dozia Newton Frazier Jr.

Obituary: Dozia Newton Frazier Jr. / Civil engineer who worked on Civic Arena, U.S. Steel Building

Dozia Newton Frazier Jr. was a pioneering engineer and devoted teacher.

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Obituary: Paul Mazursky / Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director

His films explored sex, marriage and social mores as sharply drawn comedies of errors.

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 Morris Turner, center.

Obituary: Morris Turner / OB-GYN devoted to bringing health care to women in underserved communities

Dr. Turner was the medical director for the Magee-Womens outreach sites at Wilkinsburg and Monroeville.

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Obituary: Eric Murray / Electrician by day, boxing coach in the evenings

When son Antonio Manno expressed interest in the sport at age 6, Mr. Murray stepped that love affair up a notch.

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 Gary Carlough

Obituary: Gary Kelly Carlough / Innovative architect, teacher left mark on Pittsburgh’s landscape

A co-founder of EDGE Studios, he helped shape structures such as Gateway Center Station and inspired young architects as a teacher.

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Obituary: Frank Cashen / Executive who turned Mets and Orioles into champions

He made shrewd trades, but he focused on building farm systems, even with the arrival in the mid-1970s of bidding wars.

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Obituary: Thomas J. Terputac / Thoughtful judge ruled on high-profile W&J case

Thomas J. Terputac rarely ruled from the bench, taking great care in crafting thoughtful opinions and decisions.

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Obituary: Meshach Taylor / Star on 'Designing Women,' 'Dave's World'

He played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom.

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Obituary: Rev. Neil McCaulley / Roman Catholic priest who supported ordination of women and married men

The longtime Pittsburgh-area priest espoused liberal causes in the Roman Catholic Church, often having editorial letters published.

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Obituary: Rollin King / Pilot who founded Southwest Airlines

His idea for a low-fare, no-frills intrastate airline grew into the nation's top domestic carrier.

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Obituary: Martin Lazzaro / Personal injury lawyer had personal touch with clients

Martin Lazzaro reserved some of his most ardent feelings for the men, women and children whose personal tragedies he took to heart.

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 William Russell Blakey served as director of operations at Hill House for 60 years.

Obituary: William Russell Blakey / Community advocate was a fixture of the Hill District

William "Bill" Blakey was born and raised in that city neighborhood and worked at the Hill House Association for six decades.

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 The Tennessee Republican, in the middle with eyeglasses, whose words helped frame the Watergate investigation and who served as White House chief of staff during the Reagan administration, died in Huntsville, Tenn. He was 88.

Obituary: Howard H. Baker Jr. / ‘Great conciliator’ of Senate, linked to Watergate panel

The Republican leader from Tennessee served three terms and found fame from a Watergate hearings catchphrase.

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 Ron DePascale

Obituary: Ron DePascale / Music educator for more than 20 years in Montour schools

Mr. DePascale’‍s more than 20-year career at Montour School District followed many years of commitment to music education.

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 This Nov. 10, 1987 file photo shows Treasury Secretary James Baker, left, and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker huddle on Capitol Hill in Washington as they prepare to meet with Congressional negotiators to agree on ways to cut the federal deficit. Baker died at 88.

Howard Baker, senator who joined Reagan White House, dies at 88

Mr. Baker had first made his name in Congress as the top-ranking Republican of the Senate committee that investigated Watergate.

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New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel dies at 93

He conducted the Pittsburgh Opera production of "The Barber of Seville" in 2003 and several productions with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.

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 Eli Wallach in 1987.

Obituary: Eli Wallach / Actor best known for two classic westerns

A veteran stage, screen and television actor, he specialized in in playing bandits, thieves, mafia dons and other criminals.

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 Steve Rossi in 2009.

Obituary: Steve Rossi / Singing half of comedy duo

He rose to fame in the 1960s as the straight man to Marty Allen.

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