Henry Hillman, renowned Pittsburgh businessman and philanthropist, dies
Henry Hillman, renowned Pittsburgh businessman and philanthropist, died Friday evening in UPMC Shadyside, according to his family. He was 98.
His wife, Republican matriarch Elsie Hillman, died in 2015.
Although a pioneer in private equity and venture capital, according to The Hillman Co. and the Hillman Family Foundations, the civic philanthropist was best known for his support of the Hillman Cancer Center, which is the flagship treatment and research facility at the UPMC CancerCenter network and the nationally and internationally recognized research of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
Hillman served on the boards of a number of Pittsburgh nonprofits and civic icons such as the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital, the University of Pittsburgh, Action Housing, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
"The hallmark of Henry's philanthropy has been his commitment to making Pittsburgh the best city it can be," said David K. Roger, president of the Hillman Family Foundation.
The son of industrialist John Hartwell Hillman Jr. and Juliet Cummins Lea Hillman, Hillman attended Shady Side Academy and graduated from The Taft School and Princeton University.
Hillman served as a Navy aviator during World War II. When he returned, he married and refocused the family business in coke and chemical production to a diversified investment company.
His venture capital investments in the 1970s help fuel the growth of Silicon Valley. He went on to serve as director of a number of companies including General Electric, Cummins Engine, Merck and PNC Financial Services.
Hillman is the father of Lea Simonds, Audrey Fisher, Henry Hillman Jr., and Bill Hillman, and grandfather of 10 and great-great grandfather of 16.
Hillman's children stated: "Daddy had such a tremendous life filled by a large family he loved dearly, innumerable friends, and great adventures in business and philanthropy. Mother's loss so soon after they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2015 was difficult, but he did what he always did, he kept going and kept our spirits going, too."
The Hillman family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at John A. Freyvogel Sons, 4900 Centre Ave., Shadyside. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Shadyside.
Memorial contributions can be sent to the Hillman Cancer Center/University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute or to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or email@example.com or on twitter @MaThomas_Trib.
Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect the latest funeral arrangements.