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March 2, 1995

Roy Lubove

Professor of history and social welfare Roy Lubove died of respiratory failure Feb. 17 in Montefiore University Hospital. He was 60 years old.

The author of seven books and the editor of six others, Lubove was an often quoted source on social history topics. Lubove's most recent book, "Twentieth-Century Pittsburgh, Volume 2: The Post-Steel Era," is scheduled for release this fall by the University Press. A revised edition of "Twentieth-Century Pittsburgh, Volume 1: Government, Business and Change" was released last year.

Lubove's other books include "The Struggle for Social Security, 1900-1935" and "The Professional Altruist: The Emergence of Social Work as a Career, 1880-1930." Among the books that he edited was Jacob Riis's "The Making of an American." In addition to his books, Lubove published more than 40 articles in academic journals and other publications.

Born in the Queens section of New York City, Lubove graduated from Columbia University in 1956 and earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1960. Prior to joining the Pitt faculty in 1963, he was an instructor and research fellow in Harvard University's Department of History. At Pitt, he held joint appointments in the School of Social Work and the Department of History. In Pittsburgh, Lubove was involved with a number of community organizations and was a founding director of Preservation Pittsburgh, a group concerned with the preservation of the city's historic structures. His archives will be donated to the Archives of Industrial Society in Hillman Library.

Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca E. of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a son, Seth H. of Los Angeles, Cal., and a grandson.

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