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January 11, 2007

Obituary: Marianne F. Maegle

Marianne F. Maegle, a 40-year staff member in the Office of the Registrar, died Dec. 26, 2006, of complications following surgery. She was 61.

Maegle came to Pitt in 1966 as a clerk in the Registrar’s office. Over the years, she progressed to senior clerk, senior secretary, administrative aide, administrative assistant and supervisor prior to her administrative position in the Course Scheduling Office, which she held at the time of her death. In recent years, she worked closely with academic departments in setting up course catalogue records and class schedules.

Maegle also earned a bachelor’s degree in the history of art and architecture at Pitt, graduating with cum laude honors in 1998.

Friends and colleagues said that Maegle’s hobbies included cooking, book collecting and reading. She enjoyed everything from brainteasers to civil war histories to a cooking murder-mystery series, they said.

She also caught the Sudoku bug and became proficient at cracking the puzzles.

Barbara Repasi Heron, associate University registrar who joined the Pitt staff at the same time as Maegle, said she was heartbroken at the news of her colleague’s death.

“What an emotional roller coaster we are riding,” Heron said. “Just last month, four of us, including Marianne, were celebrating our 40th anniversary with the University and now we are mourning the loss of a very special friend and colleague who was honored for that accomplishment. Marianne was a sensitive, intelligent, thoughtful and perceptive individual who possessed a quick wit and a great sense of humor.”

As an example, Heron recalled an incident many years ago when employees were asked to write to their state representative as part of a campaign to increase Pitt’s appropriation. “Marianne’s letter simply read: ‘Pitt needs its money. You need my vote. Get the message?’ We will miss her terribly,” Heron said.

University Registrar Samuel Conte added, “Marianne was an outstanding employee and, more importantly, an outstanding person. She will be missed by all of us in the Registrar’s office, as well as by people throughout the University who worked with her over the years.”

Maegle is survived by two brothers, Charles Goldstrom of Hawthorne, Fla., and David Maegle of Pittsburgh; a sister, Charlotte Maegle of Pittsburgh, and nine nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh ( or Animal Friends (562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh 15237).

—Peter Hart

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