Death of John Petersen

May 30, 2015
Savannah, Georgia

Former CEO for whom Pitt arena is named dies
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Petersen, a retired insurance executive whose gifts to the University of Pittsburgh included $10 million for a basketball arena named for himself and his wife, has died. He was 86.

Petersen died Saturday after battling cancer, university officials and his family said. He and his wife, Gertrude, were living with their daughter in Savannah, Georgia, at the time.

Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg said the gift that helped fund the ...

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