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Obituaries: Tree of Life shooting victims

Wooden figures in the shape of the Star of David stand are decorated with flowers, hearts and the name of each victim in the Tree of Life shooting outside the synagogue.

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

November 2, 2018

The obituaries of each life lost in the Tree of Life shooting last Saturday, Oct. 27.

Mark Nordenberg recalls late vice chancellor’s Pitt Pride

Jerome Cochran (center) was awarded Pitt’s 225th Anniversary Medallion in February 2013 at a Board of Trustees meeting. (Photo via PittChronicle)

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 20, 2018

Jerome “Jerry” Cochran, former Pitt vice chancellor, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, at age 69.

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

Jimmy Wopo, an up-and-coming rapper based in Pittsburgh, was fatally shot in the Hill District June 18. He was 21. (Courtesy of Taylor Maglin)

By Hannah Schneider, Contributing Editor

June 27, 2018

Local rapper Travon Smart — known by his stage name, Jimmy Wopo — was fatally shot last Monday afternoon at the age of 21. The shooting took place in the Middle Hill neighborhood — the very neighborhood that helped him become famous. Growing up in the Hill District was difficult for Smart. As a yo...

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

Linda Penkower, chair of the University’s religious studies department, died Tuesday night. Penkower was known as a pillar of support in the department. (Photo via University of Pittsburgh)

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 28, 2018

Linda Penkower — the chair of the University’s religious studies department known for supporting students and faculty — died Tuesday night, the department’s undergraduate director said in an email. In the email, which was addressed to religious studies majors and recent graduates, professor ...

Alina Sheykhet remembered by friends as kind and loving

Alina Sheykhet loved animals and joined the Animal Lovers Club at Pitt. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Scrabis)

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 15, 2017

In a seventh grade stage production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Isabel Scrabis’ grandfather mistook Alina Sheykhet — who starred as Millie — for his granddaughter. “The whole entire time he thought I was Alina, and he was so impressed. My mom had to break it to him that I was just swa...

Pitt Newsers remember pro bono attorney Ron Barber

Ron Barber, The Pitt News' pro bono legal council, at the 2017 Pitt News banquet in April. (Photo courtesy of Harry Kloman

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 14, 2017

Ron Barber, a staunch legal defender of the First Amendment and student journalism, died Thursday, July 6, at age 56, of complications from prostate cancer. Barber — who graduated from Pitt Law in 1989 after completing his undergrad studies at Pitt in 1983 — offered pro-bono legal services to The Pit...

Pitt remembers professor, jazz icon Geri Allen

Geri Allen, a renowned jazz musician and the Director of Jazz Studies at Pitt, passed away on June 27. (Photo via PittWire)

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

July 5, 2017

Geri Allen, who made a profound impact on both the jazz genre and her students at Pitt, died of cancer on June 27 in Philadelphia. She was 60. Born and raised in Detroit, Allen studied at Howard University before going on to earn her Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at Pitt in 1982. Allen spent the n...

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