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William Pendleton Hackney ’46

Published in Oct. 25, 2006, issue

Bill Hackney died at home in Shadyside, Pa., July 31, 2006.

Born June 5, 1924, in Uniontown, Pa., he graduated from Shadyside Academy in 1942 and entered Princeton. He served in the Air Force from 1943 to 1946 as a first lieutenant flying missions in the South Pacific. After returning to Princeton to graduate in 1948, he earned a law degree from Harvard in 1951. Joining the law firm of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, he rose to senior partner by his retirement in 1984.

Bill wrote many law articles, was president of Pittsburgh's Center of the Arts, and served in the Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed golf and gourmet cooking.

His first wife, Doris, died in 1989 after the couple had raised three children. He subsequently married Myrna Schwalb, who survives, as do his children, Penn Hackney and Jean Kingsland; his stepson, Adam Dread; and six grandchildren. The class joins the family in mourning a warm-hearted lover of life, the arts, and good society.

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