Thomas Rhett Heyward III

Age 88, of Scottdale, East Huntindgon Twp., passed away Monday morning, December 1, 2003, at 6:30 a.m. at his residence. He was born July 13, 1915 in Pittsburgh, the elder son of the late Thomas Rhett Heyward, Jr. and Marguerite Busch Heyward. He was a graduate of Shady Side Academy and Cornell University Class of 1917, where he received an M.E. Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Metallurgical Major. Following his graduation, he was employed by the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp., U.S. Steel, until he was called to active duty in World War II, attaining the rank of Major in Army Ordinance and serving from 1941-1945. After the war he continued his army service as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and became a member of the Reserve Officers Association. Following the war Mr. Heyward was employed by Duraloy Blaw-Knox, Scottdale, PA formerly known as The Duraloy Company, founded by his father in 1924. Then, after some thirty-five years of service, during which time he became President and Chairman of the Board of the Company, he retired in 1980. Apart from his business and army connections, he was a member of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church of Scottdale. Mr Heyward was, for many years, a member of and past Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the former H. C. Frick Community Hospital, now operating as Frick Hospital. He was also a past president of the former Alloy Casting Institute. Mr. Heyward was a Mason and member of the Marion Lodge #562 F & A.M. of Scottdale, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and the Syria Temple of Pittsburgh, the former Scottdale Lions Club, the Longue Vue Club, The University Club, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and the Pleasant Valley Country Club. He was pre-deceased by his wife Ruth Acton Hildebrand Heyward. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy A. Heyward of Fredericksburg, VA and Candace B. Heyward of Toronto, Ontario; one son, T. Rhett Heyward of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by his brother, Robert B. Heyward of St. Simons Island, GA. Family and friends will be received in the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300; email:, Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church. Interment will be private in Scottdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either, St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 149 Walnut Ave., Scottdale, PA 15683 or the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 500 Garden City Dr., Monroeville, PA 15146 in memory of Thomas Rhett Heyward III. LOVE LASTS FOREVER.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec. 3, 2003