In the last few months:
That’s over $430M that Former Steel Executive Bill Dietrich has given away in the last few month surrounding his death. That’s the reason I’m calling him Pittsburgh’s rich uncle. I think it’s important to clarify a bit further though, there are several kinds of rich uncles. Dietrich was not the type to write you a $100 check on your Birthday and let you use it for sweets. He was the type to put $100 in your college fund and challenge you to invest it properly. The kind of rich uncle that used his gifts to make you better, not just richer. He has not only given Pittsburgh gobs of money, but he’s imparted his wisdom on how to use it. He served on the board or board of trustees for CMU, Pitt, the Balet and the Symphony. He even wrote books on Pittsburgh history.
I know it’s not the usual fodder for this blog, but I thought it was appropriate to take a few minutes to tip my cap to a guy who sets a great example for how to love a city. A guy who became one of the most influential and beneficial men in Pittsburgh’s history without holding office or playing for the Steelers.