Raymond McDougald, one of the first African-Americans to enter the management training program at Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. and who later rose to executive positions at Gulf Oil Corp., died Nov. 4 at UPMC Shadyside.
Mr. McDougald, who lived in East Liberty, was 78.
The cause of death was cancer, said his ex-wife, Linda Pollard McDougald of Stanton Heights.
Mr. McDougald grew up in Garfield and graduated from Peabody High School in 1953. He joined J&L as a mailroom clerk right out of high school and left the company in 1958 to join the U.S. Army. After completing his military service in 1964, he returned to J&L full time and attended Duquesne University at night until he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1968. At that point, J&L tapped him for management training, and he left a year later to earn a master's of business administration at Harvard University.
"He wasn't real talkative about it, but he said he thought he was chosen for management training because of his good academics at Peabody," said his former wife.
After receiving his MBA, Mr. McDougald joined Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh as a senior analyst, corporate development, and later held positions including assistant to the executive, manager of business development synthetic fuels division, and regional manager of acquisitions & project development for Gulf in South Asia.
After Gulf merged with Chevron Corp. in the early 1980s, Mr. McDougald joined a group of former Gulf executives who operated an oil exploration business. He lived in Houston for several years but returned to Pittsburgh in 1986 and took jobs with the U.S. Postal Service and PNC Bank, Mrs. McDougald said.
He was active in the Garfield Outreach Community Program and was a talented athlete who played golf regularly until this year when he became ill, said Mrs. McDougald.
Survivors include a son, Raymond Jr. of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Anne Marie Petrie of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, James, of Silver Spring, Md.; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Temple of Memories, Allegheny Cemetery.
Joyce Gannon: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1580.