Helen Clay Frick - Born 1888 in Pgh, third child of coke & steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. In 1919, inherited $38M, making her richest single woman in U.S. Established Univ. of Pgh. Henry Clay Frick Fine Arts Dept. 1928. Purchased many art works for Pitt & Frick Art Museum. In 1920s, donated 14 acres of land to Pitt where it built Cathedral of Learning. In 1965, created Frick Fine Arts Bldg. to house Pitt's collection. Died at age 96 at "Clayton," which is now Frick Art & Historical Center.
Theodore Hardeen (March 4, 1876 – June 12, 1945), known simply as Hardeen, was a Hungarian magician and escape artist, best known as Harry Houdini's brother. Hardeen usually introduced himself as the "brother of Houdini." He was the founder of the Magician's Guild.
Henry Clay Frick, of all the robber barons, in my opinion, the most self serving & cruelest of all. he was directly responsible for refusing to adequately repair the dam in Jonestown, PA, that ultimately led to the death of 2,200 residents. The link contains short bios of the richest 24 Robert barons of the time
Gwen Elliott - Born 1944 in Duquesne. Graduated from CCAC. Served in US Air Force 1964-69, Air National Guard 1969-73 & U.S. Army Reserve 1974-79. In 1976, was one of first 12 women to graduate from Pgh Police Academy. First woman promoted to Sergeant 1984. First black woman promoted to Commander 1986. Retired in 2002 & founded Gwen's Girls, first nonprofit organization in Allegheny Co dedicated solely to needs of at-risk girls ages 8-18. Passed away on May 14, 2007.
Henry Clay Frick preferred New York City to Pittsburgh and wanted his only daughter, Helen, to make her society debut in that glittering venue among the Astors and the Vanderbilts. But Helen Clay Frick, who possessed the same iron will as her industrialist father, thought differently. One day in 1908, after her formidable father left for work, she slipped away from New York with her mother aboard a train to Pittsburgh. Their mission was to plan her debut at Clayton, the family’s Point Breeze…
Barbara Hafer – Born '43 in L.A., moved to Pgh '46. Grad Dormont HS '61 & SS Hosp. Sch. of Nursing '64. Nursing degree from Duquesne Univ. '69. Became involved in women's movement '72, joining NOW & Nat'l Women's Political Caucus. 1st exec. dir. Pgh Action Against Rape '74. Founded Mon Yough/Allegheny Co. Rape Crisis Center '75. Founding member Pa. Coalition Against Rape. 1st woman elected Allegheny Co. Commissioner '83, reelected '87. Elected Pa. Auditor Gen' '88 & '92, Treasurer '96 & '00.