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Philander Knox Motheral, Jr., known to all as "Knox", passed away peacefully August 8, 2010 just after his 91st birthday. Knox was proud to be the longest lived in his family. A lifelong resident of Highland Park, he loved the rich history, geography, cultural gems, and people of Pittsburgh. Since his wife's death in 2008, Knox resided at Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont, tended with kindness and care by the staff of Woodside Place and recently by Family Hospice. Knox was a proud graduate of Mercersburg Academy and Princeton University. He was an officer in the US Army during World War II. He married Patricia Jean Wright during his military service. Upon his return from the Army, he brought home a box with 4 years of letters that she penned to him as well as letters sent to him by family and friends while he served his country. Knox accepted an entry level position at the Mellon Bank so that he could work during the day while attending law school at night. After his first daughter was born, Knox left law school to spend more time with his family. He remained with Mellon Bank and was an officer in the Trust Division when he retired. He then became a real estate broker to help people with the biggest investment of their lives. Civic responsibility was important to Knox. He was active in the Highland Park Community Club, the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, served for many years as the neighborhood judge of elections, served on the Board of Directors of the Homewood Cemetery, supported many cultural institutions in Pittsburgh, and liked to be informed about history and current events. The name "Philander" is derived from ancient Greek meaning "brotherly love, affection or friendship." Knox thoroughly enjoyed people. He said that his life goal was to be a good person and to help people. Those who knew him would say that he succeeded. Knox is predeceased by his parents Philander Knox Motheral and Louise McGrew Motheral, his father's second wife Agnes J. Raw, his brothers George Brinton Motheral II and William Kramer Motheral, sisters Dorothy Motheral Porter and Elizabeth Motheral Brown, his wife of 63 years Patricia Jean Wright Motheral. He is survived by his daughters Dorothy Louise Motheral and Suzanne Wright Motheral, and his grandson Joshua Samuel Knox Weiner. Arrangements by RAPP FUNERAL HOME 412-241-5415.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Aug. 10, 2010
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