Patron of the arts Richard Rauh pledges to Pitt scholarship fund

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Local actor, educator and University of Pittsburgh alumnus Richard E. Rauh pledged $75,000 as the first donor to a new matching funds scholarship campaign in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

The matching funds for the new Dietrich Matching Campaign for Undergraduate Scholarship Endowments will come from revenues from the $125 million gift in 2011 from the late William S. Dietrich II, Kenneth's son.

The matching campaign started July 1 and runs through December 2015. The scholarships will be available to undergraduate students in the arts and sciences.

Mr. Rauh, a frequent contributor to the arts and arts education,  earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Pitt and his gift, along with the matching Dietrich funds, will create the Dietrich-Rauh Endowed Scholarship, which will be available for undergraduate theatre arts majors.

Mr. Rauh is the son of Richard S. Rauh, who founded the Pittsburgh Playhouse in 1935. The younger Mr. Rauh has acted locally since 1966 at the Playhouse, Little Lake Theater and City Theater and has had roles in movies including "Little Shop of Horrors," "Proof" and "Last of the Red Hot Lovers."

He was a drama critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1995 to 2000.

First Published July 11, 2014 12:00 AM

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