Late steel exec gives more: $18M to Pa. foundation

By the Associated Press | October 21, 2011 | 12:40 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former steel executive turned philanthropist who has already pledged gifts totaling $390 million to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University has given millions more to The Pittsburgh Foundation.

William Dietrich II is giving $18.1 million to meet charitable needs in the city and the northwestern Pennsylvania towns of Greenville and Conneaut (KAW'-nee-aht) Lake. He died Oct. 6.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( reports Tuesday that Dietrich once served on the charity's investment committee.

He had previously given $265 million to Carnegie Mellon and $125 million to the University of Pittsburgh, the largest gifts in each school's history. Dietrich also gave $12.5 million to endow scholarships at Duquesne University.

Dietrich was born in Pittsburgh and grew a family business into the nation's largest manufacturer of light metal construction framing.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,