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July 27, 2017

Obituary: Marshall Katz

Marshall P. Katz, member of the College of Business Administration and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business’ Board of Visitors, died on July 18. He was 77.

Katz was the former president and CEO of Papercraft Corporation, a household consumer products company founded by his family in 1945. The University named its graduate school of business after his father, Joseph M. Katz, who in 1987 gave $10 million – what was then the largest gift in the University’s 200-year history – to establish the school in his name.

In addition to his role as a member of the Board of Visitors, Marshall Katz and his wife, Wallis, were members of the University’s Cathedral of Learning Society, a group of donors who have made lifetime gifts of $1 million or more to Pitt.

“He consistently advocated for our school and our students,” said Arjang Assad, the Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean of the Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. “We will dearly miss him and are forever thankful for his contributions to the school.”

Katz was widely known for his passion for the arts. He served on the boards of the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. He and his sister helped fund the Agnes M. Katz Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh in honor of their mother.

Katz is survived by his wife, Wallis; his sister, Andrea McCutcheon; and his daughter, Lauren S. Katz.

Services were held July 21.

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