ShareThis Page
Obituary Stories

Oakmont educator loved teaching, learning electronics

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me