Vincent R. Scorsone, a top executive at Alcoa in the 1980s and early '90s and former University of Pittsburgh football player with a brief career in the pros, died Wednesday of complications of Parkinson's disease. The La Jolla, Calif., resident was 77.
"He was someone everyone respected and loved. A gentle-giant kind of person," said Paul O'Neill, CEO at the Pittsburgh aluminum giant from 1987 to 1999, who promoted Mr. Scorsone to the chairman's counsel during a major restructuring in 1991.
"He was really smart about the business and had really wonderful people skills," Mr. O'Neill said.
Before Mr. O'Neill joined Alcoa in 1987, Mr. Scorsone "was given some kind of test that corporations were doing at the time to assess capacity for promotability."
Part of the lore was that Mr. Scorsone scored the highest of anyone at Alcoa.
"He was as good as his reputation," Mr. O'Neill said.
Born and raised in McKeesport, Mr. Scorsone graduated from McKeesport High School where he was class president. He received a scholarship to play guard at Pitt, graduating in 1957 with a degree in business administration. He was a member of the Jan. 2, 1956, Sugar Bowl and Dec. 29, 1956, Gator Bowl teams.
Mr. Scorsone was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1957, but instead of playing football he served as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Korea.
After a brief career in 1959 playing in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions, Mr. Scorsone began a 34-year career with Alcoa.
He held a variety of management positions in Alcoa's manufacturing operations in the United States and Brazil from 1973 to 1981, when he returned to the company's headquarters as general manager of the primary metals business.
Mr. Scorsone subsequently headed up the company's aerospace and industrial products group. In 1991, he was appointed executive vice president/chairman's counsel, making him one of Alcoa's top six ranking executives.
Mr. Scorsone, who lived on Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington, retired in 1994 and moved to Southern California in 2006.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet; daughter Valerie Ramey of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; son Grant of Bethel Park; and four grandchildren.
Visitation is set for Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m.
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