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Pitt professor emeritus advanced application of radio waves

By Bill Vidonic
Nancy Mickle waited several years to break the ice with the man who lived across the hall from her in their Squirrel Hill apartment building, ...

WAVES veteran embodied ‘forward-thinking’ ideals

By Renatta Signorini
Abby L. Ross never wanted to hear that she couldn’t do something. When she was 20, Mrs. Ross’s mother refused to let her join the military. So ...

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dead at 78

By Manya Brachear Pashman Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George, the first Chicago native to serve as the local archbishop and a man who during that 17-year tenure became the ...

Strong work ethic, music drove centenarian

By Nicole Chynoweth
Eliza Watts was a woman of many talents, and she put those talents to work in many roles throughout the eastern suburbs. She made candy at ...

Retired New Kensington attorney Robert McVey spent life helping people

By Jodi Weigand
Retired New Kensington attorney Robert McVey spent his life helping people. The accomplished attorney and former FBI agent mentored young lawyers and used his free time ...

Eagle Scout made major Navy contribution

By Mary Pickels
Anita L. Sauder Owen said it was love at first sight when she first met her college dance escort. “I took one look and said, ‘I’m ...

‘Renaissance man’ put community before himself

By Aaron Aupperlee
At the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, Hank Bohl worked on federal Defense contracts for nuclear submarines that he couldn’t talk about with ...

‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ singer Percy Sledge dies

By The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic ...

Beaver Falls native, NFL player Mutscheller dead at 85

By The Associated Press
TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore Colts tight end Jim Mutscheller, who caught a 6-yard pass from Johnny Unitas to set up the overtime touchdown that won ...

Dedicated businessman unwound with travel

By Tony Raap
For years, Larry Saltzman dreamed of retirement. He and his wife, Linda, planned to visit several national parks during a cross-country road trip. They talked of ...

Outgoing WWII vet a perfect fit for auto sales

By Rick Wills
Chuck Kraus, an early Toyota dealer in Western Pennsylvania, always was able to spot trends. “He really saw what they would become,” Beverly Fife Krieger ...

Mom’s love of life blessed family, students, animals

By Aaron Aupperlee
Every school day for 45 years — in the rain, sleet and snow — Elmira Tomsko woke up early and climbed into her school bus. ...

WWII pilot set example of gratitude, respect

By Stacey Federoff
Robert Reintgen grew up in the “Frog Town” section of Latrobe, where his German parents settled and taught him a work ethic that he passed ...

Basketball player dies after inspirational fight against cancer

By The Associated Press
CINCINNATI — Lauren Hill’s teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: “Never give up.” An example she lived ...

Engineer, family man had soft spot for students

By Craig Smith
Ron Aungier wrote more than a dozen publications on turbomachinery aerodynamic technology — including three recent textbooks — but he couldn’t get his wife to ...

Songwriter from Tarentum gave voice to dreams, love

By Matthew Santoni
Sandy Mason Theoret was a talented singer and performer in her own right, but putting her words in the mouths of others made her famous. From ...

Attorney served charities, mentored young lawyers

By Mary Pickels
In an effort to win tickets to a basketball game at his beloved alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, B. Patrick Costello once dressed ...

Actor who played ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ sheriff dies at age 88

By The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on “The Dukes of Hazzard” has died. James ...

World War II veteran, archery instructor proud of diploma

By Tony Raap
Bud Simon dropped out of high school when he was 17 to join the Navy during World War II. He started a family when he returned ...

Air traffic controller valued family, faith, Steelers

By Tony Raap
Harry Bost, a longtime air traffic controller, was a few months from retiring when a labor dispute prompted more than 12,000 of his colleagues to ...