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Henry Hillman's legacy to be remembered in Pittsburgh

SHADYSIDE, Pa. — Pittsburgh businessman and philanthropist Henry Hillman died Friday at the age of 98.

Along with his late wife, Elise Hillman, they left a big mark on the city of Pittsburgh. Hillman donated millions of dollars to science, technology and medicine.

Notably, Hillman donated $10 million to establish the Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside.

"Henry was just a remarkable guy,” said Dr. Stanley Marks, of the UPMC Cancer Center. "He was a gentle, kind person, despite all of his success."

Hillman was a highly regarded civic leader who had a large impact on Pittsburgh’s economy and culture. His life was marked by his commitment to the city he loved.

Hillman also served as a trustee and director of many nonprofit and civic organizations.

Marks said Hillman was involved up until the end of his life. He visited a close friend in the hospital two days before he passed.


Hillman not only had an impact in science, technology and the medical field, but also in Pittsburgh in general. Catholic Bishop David Zubik released the following statement about the passing of Hillman:

"Mr. Hillman was a wise and generous steward who used his fortune to benefit our community, especially those who suffer from cancer and other serious illnesses. He gave quietly from his heart, time and wealth to support the institutions that make Pittsburgh strong -- hospitals, housing programs, museums, libraries and universities."

The Hillman family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at John A. Freyvogel Sons, 4900 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, 15213. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, 15206.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillman Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute or the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.