News Obituaries

 From left: Dutch VanKirk, Navigator; Paul Tibbets, Pilot; Tom Ferebee, bombardier.

Obituary: Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk / WWII airman whose crew dropped atomic bomb on Japan

Mr. VanKirk, a Northumberland, Pa., native was the last surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

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Obituary: Samuel Elkind / Musician who played with PSO

Samuel Elkind spent 47 years as a violinist with the PSO.

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News Obituary: Edward G. Polak / Standout athlete, coach

The standout athlete at the former Homestead High School died Sunday.

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Obituary: Bel Kaufman / Told what school was really like

Bel Kaufman’s best-seller “Up the Down Staircase” has sold more than 6 million copies.

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Obituary: Robert Roe / Congressman who led passage of transportation law

He also had a legislative interest in the environment and clean water.

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 The Rev. William Paxton Arnott

Obituary: Rev. William Paxton Arnott / Trafford pastor spearheaded church's resurgence

He grew the church from about 300 members in 1979 to about 550 members by the time he retired in 1997.

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Obituary: Margaret Zemprelli / ‘A first-class model’ in 1940s

Ms. Zemprelli was most well known for her stints during the 1940s as a spokesmodel for Pennsylvania Telephone Co. and Rinso Detergent.

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 Michael Abelson.

Obituary: Michael Abelson / Longtime music teacher in city schools

A lifelong teacher of music, Michael Abelson liked to keep people on their toes with his dry sense of humor.

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Obituary: Robert Panara / A pioneer in the field of deaf studies

He also was a writer and poet, becoming the first deaf professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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Obituary: Henry Hartsfield Jr. / Flew on 3 NASA space shuttles

His death was announced by the space agency, which did not say where he died or specify the cause.

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Obituary: Curt Gentry / Co-author of ‘Helter Skelter'

He teamed with Vincent Bugliosi to write the 1974 blockbuster about the Charles Manson murder case.

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Obituary: James Garland / Successful coach, retired teacher had ‘‍big heart’

Mr. Garland turned around the Mt. Lebanon girls basketball program, going 143-48 in seven seasons.

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Obituary: George Robert Knapp / Brought analytical mind to city firms for decades

Many relied on George Knapp for his guidance and wisdom, said Ken Moritz, who worked with him closely for the past 13 years at Stonewood.

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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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 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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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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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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 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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 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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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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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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 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: 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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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: 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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 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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 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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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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 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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