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Oakmont educator loved teaching, learning electronics

| Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, 9:20 p.m.
Mr. Dimasi

Louis Dimasi spent countless hours tinkering with circuit boards and other gadgets in his basement.

He taught electronics for more than 50 years at the former Penn Technical Institute, which later merged with Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

“He was always working on how to get his message across to students and keeping up with the technology, which was coming in fast and furiously. He was always on top of it,” his wife, Mary Anne Dimasi, said.

Louis Anthony Dimasi of Oakmont died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, after a lengthy illness. He was 93.

His love of electronics began with ham radio. He received his amateur radio license when he was 16, said his daughter, Susan Schoenbaechler of Georgetown, Texas.

He studied electrical engineering at the University of Michigan but left to enlist in the Army, where he taught radio communications to soldiers during World War II.

He graduated in 1947 from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He began teaching that year at Penn Tech, a two-year vocational school in East Liberty.

The campus later moved Downtown, and for years he was the school's president and director. He always planned to be an educator, his family said.

“The subject he knew was electronics. It was always an interest of his. He was a natural,” his wife said.

He earned a master's degree in 1964 from Pitt in vocational education and was active in state and national education associations. He retired in 2000 at 78.

Being an educator “meant a lot to him,” his wife said. “He thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Mr. Dimasi was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Greensburg to Mary and Fred Dimasi and graduated from Greensburg Salem High School in 1940.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his son, Joseph Dimasi of Oakmont; sister, Gloria Cannillo of Greensburg; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Burket-Truby Funeral Home Cremation and Alternative Services Inc., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont.

Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827 or traap@tribweb.com.

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