TribLIVE

| Obituaries

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Nuclear engineer embraced life, work

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By Jerry Vondas
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Roger Cunningham's expertise in the planning and construction of nuclear power plants was recognized by major power-producing corporations throughout the United States and Asia.

During his career as an engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corp., Mr. Cunningham participated in the construction of the company's first full-scale, non-military nuclear power plant in Shippingport, Beaver County, in 1957. Later assignments included Indian Point 2 in New York and numerous plants in Asia.

Lee Roger Cunningham of Fox Chapel died on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in his home. He was 82.

“My husband loved his job,” said his wife, Nancy Wenner Cunningham.

Working hard and taking an interest in what he was doing was her husband's goal in life, Cunningham said.

“While growing up in Squirrel Hill, Roger could be found during his school breaks loading and unloading lumber at the Hazelwood Lumber Co., his father's business,” she said.

Mr. Cunningham served in the Army during the Korean War and earned degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.

He was devoted to Pittsburgh, his wife said.

“Roger was a walking fountain of information, who had a great interest in the Pittsburgh area, its people and surroundings.”

Ron Flucker of Fox Chapel, Mr. Cunningham's neighbor, enjoyed the time they spent talking.

“Roger was enthusiastic in everything he did,” Flucker said. “He could talk on any variety of subjects, and when Roger took on a project, he put his whole heart in it.”

Scott Cunningham of New Jersey said his father, an elder at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, embraced life and enjoyed sports.

“He played paddle tennis at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club and rooted for the Steelers,” his son said.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, and son, Scott, Mr. Cunningham is survived by son Lee Cunningham of Marshall and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road.

Arrangements are being handled by Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home of Aspinwall.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or jvondas@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. With most starters resting, Steelers turn in lackluster loss at Heinz
  2. Construction season enters fall phase on region’s roads
  3. Wolf team hopes to aid laid-off workers
  4. Changes abound at East Allegheny
  5. Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap
  6. Belle Vernon Area turf ready to go
  7. Steelers laud decision, praise Brady for taking on Goodell
  8. Homework: Spokes pendant offers light in two directions
  9. Liriano struggles as Brewers complete sweep of Pirates
  10. Ex-Michigan offensive lineman gets fresh start for West Virginia
  11. Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto: Public has stake in Penguins