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By Jerry Vondas
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

As chairman of the Syria Shrine's Hospital Patient Recruitment and Mini Clinic in Oakland, Kenneth Faub followed the advice of the clinic's doctors and nurses in determining which of the 22 Shriners hospitals throughout the United States was best suited to help an ailing child.

“And then Ken would make all the arrangements for admitting the youngsters,” said his sister, Donna Faub of Brighton Heights. That was typical of a man who pledged his talents in improving the health of others, she said.

Kenneth James Faub of Brighton Heights, a retired practical nurse for Pittsburgh Public Schools, died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in his home. He was 70.

“When Ken was attending Oliver High School, he volunteered to be an nurse's aide in the school's athletic department, which involved injuries sustained by the basketball players,” his sister said.

Mr. Faub was presently serving as Grand Master of the Independent Order of ODD Fellows of Pennsylvania. He also was Past Right Eminent Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania, 33rd Degree Mason, the Valley of Pittsburgh: Scottish Rite; a 50-year member and Past Master of Milnor Masonic Lodge, Grotto, and Jephthah Chapter OES.

Born in Manchester and raised in Brighton Heights, Mr, Faub was the son of boiler repairman Kenneth J. Faub and his wife, Emma Morgan Faub.

Mr. Faub graduated from Oliver in the North Side and, in 1961, began his 41-year career in nursing. Initially, he earned a practical nurse certificate and later, bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing.

“The church and our faith have been centerpieces in our lives,” his sister said. “As a family, we attended the Manchester Presbyterian Church, where my brother sang in the choir and later taught Sunday school.

“Ken was also a Boy Scout who won the God and Country Award and spent 35 years as a volunteer and instructor in emergency response for the American Red Cross First Aid Team.”

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home Inc., 3552 California Ave. in the North Side. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 3579 Masonic Way in Ross.

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

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