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Pitt unveils statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl, transplant pioneer

Joy Starzl sits next to the statue of her late husband, Dr. Thomas Starzl. Starzl was frequently considered the father of organ transplantation for a program he launched at Pitt in 1981. Susan Wagner, the sculptor, sits beside her. (Photo by Samuel Weber | Staff Writer)

By Samuel Weber | Staff Writer

June 27, 2018

Friends, family, university staff and members of the media gathered outside the Cathedral of Learning in full business attire Saturday to honor the memory of the late Dr. Thomas Starzl with a new bronze statue. Dr. Starzl passed away March 4, 2017, at age 90. Often referred to as “the father of t...

Pittsburgh work crew removes Stephen Foster statue

The Stephen Foster statue was removed from its post near Schenley Plaza on Thursday morning. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor

April 26, 2018

The controversial statue of American songwriter Stephen Foster was removed by the city of Pittsburgh from its perch near Schenley Plaza early Thursday morning. Sculpted in 1900 by Giuseppe Moretti, the statue has sat across from the Stephen Foster Memorial since 1940. It depicts Foster, a 19th-cent...

Commission and community considers statue’s fate

The majority of people in the public hearing agreed that the statue should be removed. (Photo by Kyleen Considine l Visual Editor)

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 5, 2017

At yesterday’s public hearing, three minutes wasn’t enough time for Marshall Goodwin to express his opinion about the Stephen Foster statue. After presenting his viewpoint, Goodwin — an on-and-off resident of Pittsburgh for 50 years who now resides in Schenley Park — asked multiple times...

Pitt students, professors respond to Stephen Foster statue

The controversial statue is located in Schenley Park and next to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Visual Editor)

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

August 31, 2017

When Laurence Glasco traveled to China in 1989, a Chinese band played for the group of visiting Americans and struck up a medley of Stephen Foster songs. “I said to them, ‘Gee, you know, you don’t really hear Stephen Foster songs anymore in America,’” Glasco said. “They were just dumbfou...

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