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On September 6, 2011, of Mt. Washington and Boynton Beach, FL, died peacefully with his family at his side. Mac was born in Columbus, Ohio, on August 12, 1928, to Malcolm R. Prine and Edna Miller Prine. He had polio as a child and developed a keen interest in all forms of athletics as a way of regaining his strength. He attended Ohio University, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and graduated from Ohio State University in 1951 with a law degree. He entered private law practice in Columbus, and later became the County Prosecutor in Franklin County. Ohio, (the youngest ever). He loved baseball, and as a young professional became a regionally well-known fast-pitch softball pitcher, playing in a variety of leagues throughout the Midwest, with his family in tow on weekends. He was also an accomplished football official, working high school and college (Mid-American Conference) games for 33 years. In the early 1960s, Mac accepted a position with then small regional homebuilder, Ryan Homes. After an assignment to the Cleveland, Ohio, area with Ryan, in 1973 Mac was appointed President of Ryan Homes, Inc., and moved to Pittsburgh where he was eventually elected Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company. He was a particular protege of, and was greatly inspired by Ryan Homes, Inc., founder, Edward M. Ryan. Mr. Prine led Ryan to great success and expansion during the 1970s and 1980s, and took the company public during that period. He was on the cover of Business Week magazine and was regarded as a leading expert in the housing industry nationwide. He was a keen student of management, motivation, and the importance of business discipline. In 1985, Mac, together with late Mayor Dick Caligiuri and local lawyer Carl Barger, led a consortium of private businesses along with city and county government in purchasing the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Galbreath family, at the time the first such public-private purchase of a sports franchise in the country. Mac loved every minute of that challenge, and of being part of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. After he left Ryan Homes, Inc., and the Pirates, Mac worked as a consultant and senior advisor in a variety of businesses around the country. Throughout his career he served on many Boards, including the American Management Associations, PNC Bank, Pennsylvania Capital Bank, H. H. Robertson, Inc., and Equitable Resources. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the Board of Core Molding Technology headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. He was a Trustee and Emeritus Trustee of the University of Pittsburgh and in that capacity was the Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Athletics Committee. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Salvation Army. Mr. Prine co-founded the A. L. Walsh Scholarship Fund which grants college scholarships to Western PA student football athletes with financial need. He was an avid golfer and shot his age many times in the last few years. He was a lifelong singer, a tenor, and was a member of many choral groups throughout his life. Despite all of his many professional and athletic accomplishments, Mac's greatest joy was in his family, his wife of 20 years, Barbara Novak Prine; his daughters, Margaret P. ("Peggy") Joy, Diane E. Stewart (Thomas M.), and Martha R. Prine; his grandchildren, Kathryn Joy Rosinski (Brian S.), Michael J. Stewart and Timothy P. Stewart; and his great-grandson, Cole P. Rosinski. He was a huge fan of every athletic, dramatic, and academic event of his children and grandchildren, and attended many Little League baseball games during his final illness this summer. Mac was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Audrey P. Bussert, and is also survived by his former wife, Helen Butler Prine of Edgeworth, his nephew and niece, Christopher P. Bussert and Victoria Bussert, as well as a legion of friends and admirers in Pittsburgh, Columbus, and his winter home in Boynton Beach, FL. A Memorial Reception will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 2-5 p.m. at Chartiers Country Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shadyside Hospital Foundation, 532 South Aiken Avenue, Suite 302, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Arrangements by McCABE BROS., INC., FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sept. 7 to Sept. 22, 2011
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