Obituary: Frank H. Kohne Jr. / Mellon Bank executive, local politician who liked to help others

March 2, 1929 - June 21, 2014

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Frank H. Kohne Jr. climbed the ranks at Mellon National Bank and Trust Company early in his career. He became assistant vice president of the company, now part of BNY Mellon, in 1968, and he served as president and chief executive officer of its community development arm for a number of years.

But the highlight of his career, his son Christopher Kohne said, was working with people as a community bank manager.

“He really liked to be with people and work with people to get them through their dream of home ownership,” Christopher Kohne of Poolesville, Md., said.

Mr. Kohne, who served as a commissioner in Ross for 16 years, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 85.

Mr. Kohne devoted much of his life to helping others.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and, early in his banking career, he helped families who were looking to finance their first homes.

Within his community, he was committed to making his hometown a better place, helping to create the Northland Public Library and developing the Ross/​West View Emergency Medical Services. He also was active in the local Lions Club.

“When I think about my dad, I just think about this underlining current of public service that he had both in his working career and his private life,” his son said.

One of daughter Heidi Kohne’‍s early memories of her father involves his work in politics.

As a young girl, she would see Mr. Kohne‘‍s name on yard signs throughout their Ross neighborhood, and he would sometimes ask her to join him as he walked door to door and greeted voters.

“At that young age, I just remember being very proud of him,” said Heidi Kohne of Ross. “Every home we went to, it seemed, wanted to put his sign in the yard.”

In addition to his son and daughter, Mr. Kohne is survived by two other children, Scott Kohne of Ross and Gretchen Matthews of Norway, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Virginia Clara of Greensburg and Valerie Davidson of New Kensington; two siblings, Wilma Murphy of Sun City, S.C. and Mable Hull of Bradford, Pa.; four grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at Schellhaas Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., at 388 Center Ave. in West View.

Family members have requested donations to the American Cancer Society.


Madeline R. Conway: mconway@post-gazette.com.

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