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Adam Garvin, a junior mechanical engineering major at Pitt, passed away Aug. 28 in a motorcycle accident on Route 366.

‘We were family’: Pitt student Adam Garvin remembered as a loving, caring friend

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer September 13, 2021
Katrina Taliani said Adam Garvin was the type of person who was comfortable around others and made friends easily. Garvin, a junior mechanical engineering major, passed away Aug. 28 in a motorcycle accident on Route 366.
‘He gave so much to all of us’: Remembering Larry Davis, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work

‘He gave so much to all of us’: Remembering Larry Davis, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer April 16, 2021
Larry Davis, the dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, passed away on March 30 at 74. A renowned scholar on race in America, Davis joined Pitt as the school’s dean in 2001 and founded the Center on Race and Social Problems shortly after in 2002.
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.

Obituaries: Tree of Life shooting victims

By Elise Lavallee , Contributing Editor November 2, 2018
The obituaries of each life lost in the Tree of Life shooting last Saturday, Oct. 27.
Jerome Cochran (center) was awarded Pitt’s 225th Anniversary Medallion in February 2013 at a Board of Trustees meeting. (Photo via PittChronicle)

Mark Nordenberg recalls late vice chancellor’s Pitt Pride

By Grant Burgman, News Editor August 20, 2018
Jerome “Jerry” Cochran, former Pitt vice chancellor, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, at age 69.
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)

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

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...

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)

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

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...

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

Alina Sheykhet remembered by friends as kind and loving

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...

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

Pitt Newsers remember pro bono attorney Ron Barber

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...

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

Pitt remembers professor, jazz icon Geri Allen

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...

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