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VAN DUSEN, Dr. ALBERT C. - Pittsburgh  
VAN DUSEN Dr. ALBERT C. Age 99, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2014. "Van," as he was known, was devoted to his wife of 72 years, Margaret, and to his three daughters. He will be remembered as a humble and true gentleman of exceptional warmth, generosity, and unfailing patience. He had a long and distinguished career as a university administrator, community contributor, and humanitarian. Van completed his academic degrees at the University of Florida and Northwestern University, and served as a naval officer during World War II. In 1944, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University and served as vice president there from 1952 to 1956. In 1957, Van joined the University of Pittsburgh as assistant chancellor. From 1957 until his retirement almost three decades later, Van served the University of Pittsburgh in various administrative leadership roles and retired as vice chancellor emeritus. He was particularly proud of establishing Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Library Sciences, and the Learning Research and Development Center. Van spent much of his career collaborating with universities throughout the world, focusing on program development and exchange programs. Van was particularly interested in public television and served as chairman of the WQED Board of Directors and chairman of the Association for America's Public TV Stations from 1981-88, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Public TV Network Commission. Dear to his heart was the preservation and renewal of the city of Pittsburgh. Van served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. This group was responsible for much of the renaissance of the Pittsburgh area now renowned for its beauty. A man of kindness with a great sense of humor and a love of life, Van had many talents and interests. He enjoyed dancing, comedy, and worldwide travel and had an incredible self-taught artistic talent, samples of which were shared with friends and family as illustrations on holiday cards. His family remembers Van as a loving father and a role model for hard work, integrity, and respect for others. He took pleasure in interacting with people from every walk of life. He always had a smile and hello to share with those he met. In 2002, Van and Margaret moved from Mt. Lebanon to Friendship Village in Upper St. Clair, where Margaret still resides. Van's wife, Margaret; and daughters, Dr. Margaret Van Dusen Pysh of Arizona, Jane Van Dusen of Oregon, and Sara Van Dusen and son-in-law, Frank Matyskiela, of California, all survive him. He will be dearly missed. A celebration of life service will be held at Heinz Chapel at a time to be determined. His ashes will be interred privately in the military Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, CA. Donations may be directed to Nationality Rooms Program, Albert C. and Margaret Van Dusen Summer Study Abroad Scholarship, 1209 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Please add tributes at: Send condolences
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Dec. 28, 2014 to June 5, 2015

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Apr. 19, 2015

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VAN ALSTYNE ARTHUR JAMES, Jr. Age 86, of Chickamauga, GA, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA and had resided in Northwest Georgia for the past three years. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Abigail Van Alstyne of Chickamauga, GA; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild. The family plans to have a private Memorial Service. Arrangements by WILSON FUNERAL HOMES - LAFAYETTE CHAPEL. Online register book at: Send condolences
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Apr. 17, 2015

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VALES, GLORIA - Pittsburgh  
VALES GLORIA Of Sewickley, PA, died peacefully on April 10, 2015, surrounded by members of her family at Allegheny General Hospital of complications from a massive stroke. Gloria was born in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Maria Gelices and Cristobal Galvez. She married Joseph Vales in 1955 and, in 1978, they moved to Sewickley with their three children when he was appointed president/ CEO of The Joseph Horne Company. Gloria was 83 and is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joseph Vales; daughter, Maria Dugan, and her husband, Mark, of Cranford, NJ; son, Joseph A. Vales, and his wife, Dori, of Princeton, NJ; son, Anthony C. Vales, and his wife, Lauren, of Pittsburgh, PA; brother, Matthew Galvez, and his wife, Cleta, of Schenectady, NY; sister, Nancy Lorenzo, of Ridgefield Park, NJ; along with their families and nine loving grandchildren, Christopher, Anna, Joseph P., Elizabeth, Zachary, Katherine, Sophia, Keaton and Joseph C. An avid music lover, she worked tirelessly on behalf of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the Andre Previn years, chairing the Symphony Ball, its major annual fundraiser and promoting the Symphony Fashion Gala, a major fashion production that brought world renowned couturiers here. Gloria's lifelong interest in opera was reignited when Tito Capobianco became general director of the Pittsburgh Opera. As a result of her close friendship with the Capobiancos, she graciously consented to open her home and gardens to welcome world class performers, and for fundraising activities in support of the Pittsburgh Opera Company. She lived an inspirational life full of adventure and joy, traveling extensively collecting antiques and rare books, creating culinary masterpieces and playing a major supportive role in her husband's career and her children's and grandchildren's quality of life while building an extensive collection of cherished lifelong friendships. Funeral arrangements by JOHN E. DAY FUNERAL HOME in Red Bank, NJ. A Burial Service will be held in Holmdel, NJ, and a Memorial Service will follow later in Sewickley, PA. Send condolences
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2015
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