Obituary: Peter B. Mulloney / U.S. Steel exec, force behind city's marathon

Oct. 24, 1932 -- May 18, 2014

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Peter B. Mulloney was a dedicated individual who will be remembered by his family and friends as a people person with great integrity and generosity.

Mr. Mulloney, 81, died at his Mount Washington home on Sunday. Marie Mulloney, his wife of more than 35 years, was by his side.

"He was a wonderful guy. He was a guy you loved." Mrs. Mulloney said. "He was a classic guy. A lot of people said he looked like a young Jimmy Stewart. He liked to be billed as that. He was easy-going, sophisticated but down to earth, very bright, conservative but very welcoming."

Mr. Mulloney was a graduate of Yale University. He also served in the Navy as a lieutenant.

For over 40 years he worked for U.S. Steel, the only company he ever worked for. During his tenure he became known as the "intellectual voice of the American steel industry," a title he garnered by being fair, tough and a person who "got things done."

"Even when he wasn't high on the chain, people went to Peter because they knew he was fair," Mrs. Mulloney said.

He retired from the organization in 1997 as vice president and assistant to the chairman.

He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, the World Affairs Council and the Duquesne Club and was a former chairman of the board of trustees of La Roche College in McCandless.

Along with those organizations, Mr. Mulloney was responsible for helping get the Pittsburgh Marathon up and running in 1985. U.S. Steel was the Marathon's first title sponsor.

Larry Kuzmanko, founder of the Pittsburgh Marathon, said Mr. Mulloney was a driving force behind the marathon.

"He was extremely instrumental," Mr. Kuzmanko said. "He was a stabilizing force, call him the founder, call him the godfather of the marathon . . . . He saw the potential Pittsburgh had for the marathon and he channeled my creativity."

"Larry used to see Peter as a mentor," Mrs. Mulloney said. "He told me he was like an uncle to him."

Mr. Mulloney will be remembered as a role model who was an intelligent, honest and true businessman. .

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., today at Epiphany Catholic Church, Uptown. Interment will be private.

Ryan Petrovich: Twitter: @Ryan Petrovich

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