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Eldest Monsour brother passes

| Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Dr. Robert G. Monsour passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the age of 97.

The oldest of the four brothers who founded Jeannette's now-defunct Monsour Medical Center has died, according to his son.

Dr. Robert Monsour, 97, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, said Robert Monsour Jr.

The last surviving brother is Dr. Howard Monsour, 92, of Unity. Dr. William Monsour, 84, died in January. Dr. Roy Monsour died in 2002.

Of the four brothers, Robert was quiet, often attempting to avoid the controversy and internal squabbles that marked the Monsour brothers' decades as owners of the troubled medical center in Jeannette, according to his son. Those arguments, coupled with a string of financial setbacks, preceded the hospital's closing in 2006.

“Dad stayed above the fray. It was very sad how it ended up,” said his son. “He obviously was very upset. Howard and Bill's fighting had taken a toll and eventually it took a toll on the entire family.”

Monsour attended the University of Alabama before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh, where he attended medical school. He opened a practice in Greensburg in 1948.

In 1952, Howard Monsour opened the hospital and Robert Monsour joined the staff along with his brothers.

“His goal was just to become a country doctor,” his son said. “He made house calls until his late 80s. He just loved his patients. He said he kept his patients going and in later life said his patients kept him going.”

In addition to his brother, he is survived by three sons, Robert D. Monsour of Murrysville, Dr. Roy C. Monsour of Ligonier and Dr. Geoffrey B. Monsour of Greensburg.

Pantalone Funeral Home, Greensburg is in charge of arrangements.

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