Mr. Shepard, 92, passed away in Naples, Florida, March 29, 2013. He was born may 30, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Harry, Sr. and Teresa Shepard. He attended Mt. Lebanon High School, Carnegie Tech (where he was a member of the 1938 Sugar Bowl Team), and graduated from Allegheny college in the class of '42. As part of U.S. Army training, he attended New York University and achieved a degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Shepard served in Europe as a Lieutenant in the Army Signal Core erecting communications stations following the D-Day invasion. He married Patricia Peck in November of 1947. Mr. Shepard joined his father as owners of a piece of vacant commercial property at 625 Stanwix St. and founded Stanwix Parking, Inc. Three structures later, sits the 25 story, multi-use parking, commercial, and residential building he developed known as the Allegheny Tower. The parking structure, his own design, was revolutionary in the industry incorporating a double-helix structure, cantilevered express ramp, and one of the first computer traffic monitoring systems in the country. In addition to holding numerous patents related to the parking industry, his business included participating in the initial parking development of Penn's Landing in Philadelphia as well as multiple parking locations and structures in Florida and Arizona. Mr. Shepard was a Founder, and served as President, of the National Parking Association as well as being a member of the National Transportation Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. He was President of the University Club, a founder and Director of the Golden Triangle Association, Director of the Press Club, a member of the Duquesne Club, St. Clair CC, and Pittsburgh Rotary. He was a member of the John A. Brashear Lodge, Syria Shrine Temple, and Pittsburg Ct. #2, Royal Order of Jesters. Mr. Shepard was a Director of the Fresh Air Camp, a charity dedicated to providing inner-city children the experience of summer camp. He was a staunch support of Veterans charities as well as Shrine Children's Hospitals. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Patricia; two children, Gregory and Geoffrey; and two grandsons, Christopher and Patrick. Harry W. Shepard, Jr. was truly an outstanding example of the "Greatest Generation". Donations may be made to Syria Shrine, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024. Arrangements entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 412-563-2800.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Apr. 21, 2013