News Obituaries

Former head of Pitt University Center for International Studies

Burkart Holzner of Mount Washington died at the age of 83.

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Obituary: Margaret M. 'Peg' Fitzgerald / Navy veteran, former nun served as nurse at county jail

Margaret M. “Peg” Fitzgerald’s entire working life was composed of service: to God, her country and to the inmates at the county jail.

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Obituary: Frans Brüggen / Pioneer in early music

He was co-founder and conductor of the influential Orchestra of the 18th Century and a virtuoso recorder player.

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Obituary: Valeri Petrov / Bulgaria's most prominent poet and translator of Shakespeare

Besides poems, novels and translations from Russian, Italian and English, Mr. Petrov authored numerous film scripts and plays.

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Obituary: John Fellows Akers / Oversaw IBM during move to PCs

John Akers was with the company for 33 years, serving for six years as CEO beginning in 1985, which was a difficult and challenging time.

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 Steeler Tom Tracy, left, with Ed Kiely.

Obituary: Ed Kiely / Steelers publicist for more than 40 years, dies

Mr. Kiely joined the Steelers shortly after World War II and retired in 1989, a year after Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. died.

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Obituary: Regis J. Zern / Operated tiny news shop in Wilkinsburg

Zern’s News, while tiny, harbored a wide selection of newspapers, magazines and books for sale during a 20-year run in Wilkinsburg.

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 Victoria Minella

Obituary: Victoria Minella / Chef at Bridgeville family restaurant

To many growing up in the coal mining communities around Bridgeville, Victoria Minella’s restaurant was their home away from home.

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Obituary: Alexander 'Alex' Gavula / Broadcast buff founded his college's radio station

Alexander Gavula was one of the technical people upon whom broadcasts depend.

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Obituary: Leonard Fein / Provocative writer on Jewish affairs

He founded a magazine and organizations to combat hunger and illiteracy.

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Obituary: John Sperling / Founder of University of Phoenix

The for-profit college that John Sperling founded to serve working adults made him a billionaire.

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 Peter Ladygo

Obituary: Peter G. Ladygo Sr. / Former Steelers offensive guard

Peter G. “Pete” Ladygo Sr. had a job title that would make any athlete at least a little envious, even in 1952: guard for the Pittsburgh

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 Sir Richard Attenborough

Obituary: Richard Attenborough / Directed 'Gandhi,' cloned dinosaurs in 'Jurassic Park'

Richard Attenborough won Academy Awards as director and producer of the 1982 epic that explored the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Obituary: Ted Eck / Expert in glass houses and floriculture

The land and what it produced were both his vocation and his avocation.

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 Harry Weiland

Obituary: Harry Weiland / WWII vet served in elite Alamo Scouts unit

Harry Weiland, honored for bravery as member of elite Army unit Alamo Scouts in World War II’s Pacific Theater, dies at 89.

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 Albert Ferguson Jr.

Obituary: Albert B. Ferguson Jr. / Founder of the University of Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Surgery Department

The University of Pittsburgh and Richard Mellon recruited Albert B. Ferguson Jr. to found the orthopaedic surgery department.

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 Elmer Gray at Pirates spring training in 1991.

Obituary: Elmer Gray / Longtime scout for Pirates, other MLB teams

Mr. Gray retired from full-time scouting in 1994 but continued to work for the Pirates part time in various roles through the 2012 season.

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Obituary: Donald Gruda / One of the area’s best adult soccer players in 1950s and ’60s

Donald Gruda was a skilled soccer player during an era when the game was not as widely popular as it is today.

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Obituary: B.K.S. Iyengar / Indian guru helped bring yoga to West

After sur­viv­ing tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, ty­phoid and ma­laria as a child, Mr. Iyen­gar cred­ited yoga with sav­ing his life.

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 Hashim Khan, from the 2010 documentary "Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story."

Obituary: Hashim Khan / International squash champion led sport's Pakistani dynasty

Mr. Khan, 100, became the world’s greatest squash player after humble beginnings in a Pashtun village, watching British officers play.

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Obituary: Rev. Sidney Hills / Longtime seminary professor, volunteer

The Rev. Sidney Hills, who followed his ancestors’ paths into ministry, will be honored Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

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Obituary: Alan William Gibney / Talented engineer had a mind for numbers

Alan Gibney spent 35 years as an engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin.

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Obituary: James Jeffords / Vermont Republican who became independent

Fomer state senator and attorney general dies at 80.

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 Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff speaks in her Squirrel Hill apartment in 2007 shortly before her 90th birthday.

Former mayor Sophie Masloff remembered as 'the embodiment of our city'

Sophie Friedman Masloff, who made history as Pittsburgh’s first woman mayor, died Sunday morning at age 96.

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 Duquesne basketball coach John Cinicola with his players on March 2, 1978.

Obituary: John L. Cinicola Jr. / Natural-born coach and motivator, led Duquesne basketball to NCAA tournament

The East Liberty native, who never played for a team, was a fiery competitor who loved teaching athletes of all ages.

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 Vernon Gallagher

Obituary: Vernon F. Gallagher / Duquesne president expanded campus in the 1950s

Vernon F. Gallagher, who served as the eighth president of the university from 1950 to 1959, died Thursday. He was 99.

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Obituary: George Hansen / Former GOP Idaho congressman

Former Idaho Republican congressman, died Thursday of natural causes at a medical center in Pocatello, Idaho,

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Obituary: Jay Adams / 'Dogtown' skateboarding rebel

Mr. Adams died of a heart attack Thursday during a surfing vacation in Mexico with his wife and friends.

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Obituary: James D. Porter III / He served Millvale with pride for generations

James D. Porter III had life of service to Millvale

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Obituary: Raymond W. Lehman / Shared his love of classical music across three decades

Mr. Lehman was a longtime broadcaster with what friends described as an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music.

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Obituary: W. Paul Spencer / Phipps Conservatory board member and longtime volunteer

The WWII veteran was devoted to the city’s gardening organizations. “He had a way with flowers that was just remarkable,” said Toto Fisher.

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Obituary: Anthony Mario Piccioni / West Mifflin Area wrestling coach for three decades

Anthony Mario Piccioni touched the lives of many students during his 30-year career as wrestling coach at West Mifflin Area High School.

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 Actress Lauren Bacall

Obituary: Lauren Bacall / Legendary husky-voiced Hollywood actress

Her husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband, Humphrey Bogart, made her a defining movie star of the 1940s.

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Obituary: Fredia Hurdle / Among plaintiffs in Pa.'s gay marriage case

Fredia Hurdle, one of the plaintiffs in the case that led to the striking down of Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban, died Thursday.

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 Gregg Schwotzer.

Obituary: Gregg Schwotzer / Property developer who built up charities, too

Mr. Schwotzer took over Crossgates, his father’s business, and left a legacy of honest deal-making and dedicated charitable work.

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 Thomas C. Petrone

Obituary: Thomas C. Petrone / Legislator in 27th District for almost 3 decades

Former state Rep. Thomas C. Petrone, a Democratic legislator known for his sense of humor and old-school devotion to constituents, is dead.

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Obituary: Richard Marowitz / WWII veteran who found top hat belonging to Hitler in Munich

Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat in Adolf Hitler’s Munich apartment.

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Obituary: Dorothy Salisbury Davis / Suspense novelist eschewed violence but was fond of villains she created

Dorothy Salisbury Davis, an author whose fascination with motivation, morality and manners powered her plots, died Sunday at her home.

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Obituary: Jason Dilliott / Northgate band director from Troy Hill

A few minutes was all it took to see how much passion Jason Dilliott, a Northgate School District band director, had for his job.

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Obituary: Alexander Stavrides / Respected pathologist contributed to 1964 landmark report on smoking

Dr. Stavrides died July 28 at the Willows of Presbyterian Senior nursing home in Oakmont at the age of 85.

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Obituary: Robert M. Lumish / Chief of Infectious Diseases at UPMC Mercy Hospital

Robert M. Lumish, a noted infectious diseases specialist, never did anything in half-measures, his daughter said.

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 James Brady, left, in May 1999 with  former first lady Nancy Reagan. Mr. Brady, former press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 73.

Obituary: James S. Brady / After shooting, he was symbol for gun control

Mr. Brady undertook a crusade for gun control after he suffered a serious head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan.

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 Sergio Edward Betancourt

Obituary: Sergio Edward Betancourt / AGH surgeon and doctor with Green Berets in Vietnam

Dr. Betancourt, a retired surgeon at AGH, was an outspoken critic of top management during the collapse of the hospital’s parent company.

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Obituary: Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B. / Teacher, mentor at Saint Vincent College

Brother Nathan M. Cochran was a teacher, student mentor, registrar at Saint Vincent in Latrobe, but is best-known for his love for the arts.

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