OBITUARIES



Obituary: Van Barfoot / Hero fought in U.S. wars and to fly its flag

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Van Barfoot, a Medal of Honor recipient in World War II whose fight to fly an American flag outside his home 65 years later drew national at


Obituary: Ralph McQuarrie / Artist who drew film characters Darth Vader, humanoid robot C-3PO

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Ralph McQuarrie, an artist whose paintings of a gold-plated robot in an otherworldly desert and an intergalactic sword duel between a scragg


Obituary: Donald Payne / New Jersey's only black congressman

Obituary: Donald Payne / New Jersey's only black congressman

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Donald Payne, New Jersey's first and so far only black congressman and a leading advocate for democracy in Africa during 23 years in the U.S


Obituary: George 'Pete' Dillon / Nuclear services leader at Westinghouse

2012-03-08 00:00:00

From a boy who took pleasure in reassembling transistor radios, George "Pete" Dillon grew up to lead Westinghouse Electric Co.'s nuclear ser


Obituary: Jerome Eisner / Musician who thrived on local jazz scene

Obituary: Jerome Eisner / Musician who thrived on local jazz scene

2012-03-07 00:08:00

Publicly, their gigs were separate. He played to earn a living, she chose the fun singing engagements.


Obituary: Douglas L. Root Jr. / Alcoa labor negotiator had collegial style

Obituary: Douglas L. Root Jr. / Alcoa labor negotiator had collegial style

2012-03-06 08:42:00

Douglas L. Root Jr., whose diplomatic and collegial style helped immensely in avoiding rancor while negotiating labor contracts as as an Alc


Obituary: Sam Stearns / Took iconic photo at JFK funeral

2012-03-06 00:00:00

"One exposure on a roll of 36 exposures," Stan Stearns marveled decades later.


Obituary: Maurice Andre | Transformed the trumpet

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Maurice Andre, a virtuoso credited with having transformed the trumpet from a workaday cog in the back of the orchestra into a seductive sol


Obituary: Charles F. Lloyd Jr. / Steel company leader loved people, and they loved him back

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Along with great love of people, good conversation and handsome clothes, Charles F. Lloyd Jr. most cherished family and song.


Obituary: William J. McKenna Sr. / Engineer who specialized in water projects

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Maybe William J. McKenna Sr.'s lifelong fascination with water stemmed from the day in the early 1930s when his father sent him


Obituary: James Q. Wilson / Pioneered 'broken windows' policing

Obituary: James Q. Wilson / Pioneered 'broken windows' policing

2012-03-03 17:18:00

James Q. Wilson, a social scientist who helped launch a revolution in law enforcement as the co-inventor of the "broken windows" theory, die


Obituary: Bruce Surtees / Oscar-nominated cinematographer known as 'Prince of Darkness'

2012-03-03 00:01:00

Bruce Surtees, an Oscar-nominated cinematographer known as the "Prince of Darkness" for his skill at summoning sharply etched figures


Obituary: Ulric Neisser / Reshaped study of the mind

2012-03-03 00:01:00

Ulric Neisser, a psychological researcher who helped lead a postwar revolution in the study of the human mind by advancing the


Obituary: Andrew Breitbart / Conservative blogger and activist

2012-03-02 10:55:00

Andrew Breitbart, a conservative blogger and activist who used undercover video to bring discredit and disgrace to his liberal targets, died


Obituary: Margaret Horne Weis / Judge's wife who thought everyone was special

Obituary: Margaret Horne Weis / Judge's wife who thought everyone was special

2012-03-02 00:00:00

Margaret Horne Weis was as comfortable socializing and smoking with U.S. Supreme Court justices as she was helping waitresses who shopped at


Obituary: L. James Huegel / Retired executive vice president of Consolidation Coal

2012-02-29 00:00:00

L. James Huegel, a retired executive vice president of Consolidation Coal Co., now Consol Energy, died Sunday of heart failure at his home i


Obituary: Rose Marie Cioppa / Tireless mother of 5 kept working till age 89

2012-02-27 10:56:00

"Hard-working" is the first thing that comes to mind when friends and family are asked to describe Rose Marie , who lived most of her life i


Obituary: Rev. Clarence Wendell Holmes / Minister from McKeesport worked in steel mill, state unemployment centers

2012-02-26 00:01:00

In his 80s, long after he had retired and had lost a leg and sight in one eye, the Rev. Clarence Wendell Holmes underwent state training as


Obituary: Mary Jane McNulty / Prize-winning poet and compassionate volunteer

2012-02-25 00:00:00

Mary Jane McNulty, who became an accomplished poet while raising six children and tending to troubled souls in the wider community, died Tue


Obituary: Barney Rosset / Book publisher who fought obscenity laws

2012-02-23 13:33:00

Barney Rosset, the maverick publisher who chafed at puritanism and whose relentless challenges of obscenity laws helped overthrow the final


Obituary: Steve Kordek / His flippers hit the jackpot for pinball machines

2012-02-23 00:00:00

In modern-day arcades, pinball machines are widely considered four-legged, glass-topped dinosaurs.


Obituary: Oscar Luigi Scalfaro / Ex-Italian president helped shape nation's post-war politics

Obituary: Oscar Luigi Scalfaro / Ex-Italian president helped shape nation's post-war politics

2012-02-22 00:01:00

Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, a president of Italy who held the post during the sweeping corruption scandal of the early 1990s that reshaped the cou


Obituary: Kate Brennan / Boosted women with strength, grace

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Remembered by friends and family as a woman who "laughed and cried with reckless abandon," an adventurous traveler and a role model for wome


Obituary: John Turner Sargent Sr. / Publisher worked with top writers as leader of Doubleday

2012-02-21 00:01:00

John Turner Sargent Sr., a publisher, editor and socialite who as CEO of Doubleday worked with authors from Dwight Eisenhower to Stephen Kin


Obituary: Philip Vannatter / O.J. Simpson investigator

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Philip Vannatter, who as a Los Angeles police detective helped lead the investigation of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. G


Obituary: Paul J. Kuszaj / Defied all expectations, inspired many after aneurysm

2012-02-21 00:00:00

When Paul J. Kuszaj suffered a severe brain hemorrhage in 2001, his wife was told he likely had just hours to live.


Obituary: Bruce W. McCalley / Top expert on Ford's Model T and its era

2012-02-20 12:29:00

Known as "Mr. Model T," Bruce McCalley knew more about the car that transformed the world than the company that made it.


Obituary: F. Walter Jones / Shady Side Academy leader never failed to inspire

2012-02-19 00:00:00

Pinpointing the single greatest accomplishment in the life of an acclaimed artist, athlete and educator isn't difficult for friends


Obituary: Anthony Shadid / Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on the Middle East

Obituary: Anthony Shadid / Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on the Middle East

2012-02-18 11:03:00

Anthony Shadid, one of the most incisive and honored foreign correspondents of his generation, died Thursday in Syria, where he was covering


Obituary: Helen J. Clark / Female bank president in male-dominated industry

Obituary: Helen J. Clark / Female bank president in male-dominated industry

2012-02-18 00:00:00

Helen J. Clark was perhaps the antithesis of the fat-cat Wall Street banker.


Obituary: Lillian Bassman / Groundbreaking fashion photographer

2012-02-17 00:00:00

"I didn't bring you to Paris to make art; I brought you here to do the buttons and bows," Harper's Bazaar editor Carmel Snow famously snappe


Obituary: Dory Previn / Broken marriage inspired her ballads to wounded souls

2012-02-17 00:00:00

Although she was an Oscar-nominated songwriter, Dory Previn was better known for ballads that spoke to wounded souls.


Obituary: George R. Boulware / Pioneering doctor based in Indiana County

2012-02-17 00:00:00

One family paid their bills with a truckload of hogs, others with chickens, which George R. Boulware's children used to start a business sel


Obituary: Raymond E. Haynes / Former CMU administrator shared love of health, athletics with pupils, family

2012-02-16 00:01:00

For some, a college degree simply represents what they have studied over the past four years. For Raymond E. Haynes, it kick-started a way o


Obituary: Jenny Tomasin / Maid on 'Upstairs, Downstairs'

2012-02-16 00:00:00

Jenny Tomasin, a British actress forever known to television viewers as the clumsy, disheveled, Valentino-obsessed kitchen maid Ruby Finch i


Obituary: W. Gunther Plaut / Rabbi and scholar whose Torah helped define Reform Judaism

2012-02-16 00:00:00

W. Gunther Plaut, a rabbi whose vast, scholarly and ardently contemporary edition of the Torah has helped define Reform Judaism in late-20th


Obituary: Wynn Kenyon / Became beloved philosophy professor after ordination ordeal

2012-02-15 00:01:00

Wynn Kenyon, whose ordination by Pittsburgh Presbytery was rejected by the national church in 1974 because he wouldn't ordain women, died Mo


Obituary: Mary Bialock / Vocal talent from Butler called 'undiscovered gem'

2012-02-14 00:00:00

Theatergoers around Pittsburgh might have seen Mary Alice Nicholas Bialock in any number of productions from the 1940s to 1980s, ranging fro


Obituary: Raymond L. Casper / District judge in Sharpsburg for 18 years

2012-02-13 00:58:00

Raymond L. Casper believed in second chances.


Obituary: Fred Yee / State champion basketball coach at Schenley

2012-02-13 00:58:00

Fred Yee was 20-something and wasn't exactly enthralled working in the business world.


Obituary: Jeffrey Zaslow / Randy Pausch's 'The Last Lecture' co-author killed in Michigan car crash

Obituary: Jeffrey Zaslow / Randy Pausch's 'The Last Lecture' co-author killed in Michigan car crash

2012-02-12 15:54:00

Best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow was killed Friday when he lost control of his car on a snowy road after promoting his latest book in nort


Obituary: Hal Sanders / Advocate of single-payer health care

2012-02-11 00:00:00

Hal Sanders was the epitome of the small-town boy who makes good, except he wasn't even from a small town.


Obituary: Calvin Kane Jr. / Helped lead Schenley High to 1978 state championship

2012-02-11 00:00:00

When the Schenley High School basketball team won a state championship in 1978, Calvin Kane was one of the main catalysts for the Spartans.


Obituary: Robert B. Cohen / Hudson News founder

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Magazine distributor Robert B.


Obituary: The Rev. Edward DeLair Jr. / Minister relished making connections with others

Obituary: The Rev. Edward DeLair Jr. / Minister relished making connections with others

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Nearly every week of his adult life, the Rev. Ed DeLair wrote notes. The Rev.


Obituary: Florence Green / Last known veteran of World War I

2012-02-09 00:00:00

The last veteran of World War I was a waitress, and for 90 years no one knew her name.


Obituary: Robert Glaser / Pitt's Learning Research and Development Center founder was an inspiration

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Robert Glaser is renowned in the academic world for co-founding the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of


Obituary: C. Fred Fetterolf / Former president of Alcoa, philanthropist guided by faith

2012-02-07 00:00:00

Alcoa executive C. Fred Fetterolf became a leader in a wide variety of civic and philanthropic activities during and after his Alcoa


Obituary: Charla Krupp / Writer provided women tips on appearance

2012-02-07 00:00:00

Charla Krupp, who gained a national following by offering women advice on looking younger and thinner with best-selling books like "How Not


Obituary: William R. Bailey Jr. / Chief of cardiology at Mercy Hospital

2012-02-06 00:00:00

As Eleanor Bailey was helping to plan funeral services for her father, William R.


Obituary: Kenneth E. Whitlock / Star Sewickley athlete, first black Marine from area

Obituary: Kenneth E. Whitlock / Star Sewickley athlete, first black Marine from area

2012-02-04 00:00:00

Kenneth Whitlock, a star Sewickley athlete who became the first black Marine from Allegheny County and then spent three decades as a school


Obituary: Ben Gazzara / Brought intensity to stage, screen

Obituary: Ben Gazzara / Brought intensity to stage, screen

2012-02-04 00:00:00

Ben Gazzara, an intense actor whose long career included playing Brick in the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"


Obituary: Thomas J. Murrin / A leader at Westinghouse, Duquesne University

Obituary: Thomas J. Murrin / A leader at Westinghouse, Duquesne University

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Thomas J. Murrin, who rose to the top ranks of Westinghouse Electric Corp.


Obituary: Angelo Dundee / Trained boxers Ali, Leonard

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Angelo Dundee, the renowned trainer who guided Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard to boxing glory, died Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla.


Obituary: John Rich / Emmy-winning director of landmark television sitcoms

2012-02-03 00:00:00

As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing "The Dick Van Dyke Show"


Obituary: Don Cornelius / 'Soul Train' host, creator

Obituary: Don Cornelius / 'Soul Train' host, creator

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Don Cornelius, creator and host of "Soul Train,"


Obituary: Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua / Left Pittsburgh diocese for Philadelphia

Obituary: Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua / Left Pittsburgh diocese for Philadelphia

2012-02-01 02:03:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, whose 15 years as shepherd of the 1.5 million-member Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Phila


Obituary: Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua / Left Pittsburgh diocese for Philadelphia

Obituary: Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua / Left Pittsburgh diocese for Philadelphia

2012-02-01 00:00:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, whose 15 years as shepherd of the 1.5 million-member Roman Catholic Archdiocese of


Obituary: Kevin H. White / Boston mayor during school busing crisis

2012-01-31 00:00:00

Kevin H. White, a four-term Boston mayor who came to national prominence for shepherding the city through years of racial violence and econo


Obituary: Charles J. Kozakiewicz / Former prison guard, warden at Allegheny County jail

2012-01-31 00:00:00

By profession, Charles J. Kozakiewicz was a corrections official for more than 40 years, including 16 years as warden at the Allegheny Count


Obituary: Ian Abercrombie / Actor who played Elaine's boss on 'Seinfeld'

2012-01-31 00:00:00

Ian Abercrombie, 77, the British character actor who played Elaine's demanding boss, Mr. Pitt, on "Seinfeld," died Thursday at a Los Angeles


Obituary: Bernard J. Powers / Allegheny County director, South Hills Catholic football coach

2012-01-30 00:00:00

Bernard Powers gave his children an early start on learning to sing traditional Irish songs. "He had a good voice, and usually he'd sing at


Obituary: John T. Ferber / Musician, music teacher and school administrator

2012-01-30 00:00:00

John T. "Jack" Ferber, a Braddock native who was a noted musician and music teacher, didn't have children of his own. But when he married Lo


Obituary: Jack Sable / Star pitcher loved his family more than the game

2012-01-29 00:00:00

When he pitched for Allderdice High School, Jack Sable's fastball was dubbed the radio-ball because it was heard, not seen. He pitched the f


Obituary: Bill Mardo / Sportswriter pushed baseball to add black players

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Bill Mardo, a sportswriter for the Communist Party newspaper The Daily Worker who fought major league baseball's color barrier in the 1940s


Obituary: Joshua Clyde Whetzel Jr. / Tireless force for improving environment, science center

Obituary: Joshua Clyde Whetzel Jr. / Tireless force for improving environment, science center

2012-01-28 00:00:00

Joshua Clyde Whetzel Jr., a visionary scientist and conservationist who raised funds to build the Carnegie Science Center, dramatically incr


Obituary: Robert Hegyes / Played Juan Epstein on TV's 'Welcome Back, Kotter'

Obituary: Robert Hegyes / Played Juan Epstein on TV's 'Welcome Back, Kotter'

2012-01-28 00:00:00

Robert Hegyes, an actor whose Jewish-Puerto Rican character Juan Epstein was one of the Sweathogs on the 1970s TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kott


Obituary: Joseph Mattioli / Founder of Pocono Raceway

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Joseph Mattioli, the founder and chairman of Pocono Raceway, has died following a lengthy illness, NASCAR officials announced Thursday durin


Obituary: Elizabeth Connolly / Noted artist, master bridge player

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Elizabeth "Betty" Flannery Connolly, the accomplished folk artist and water colorist who received a retrospective showing at the age of 90 a


Obituary: Andy Musser / Sports broadcaster in Philadelphia

Obituary: Andy Musser / Sports broadcaster in Philadelphia

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Former broadcaster Andy Musser, 74, the fabled voice of the Philadelphia Phillies who called Mike Schmidt's pennant-clinching home run for t


Obituary: James Farentino / Longtime TV actor who fell from grace

Obituary: James Farentino / Longtime TV actor who fell from grace

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Actor James Farentino, whose private life was sometimes as dramatic as the roles he played in theater and on television, died Tuesday at a L


Obituary: Sister Barbara Mary Koval / Compassionate, kind, loving nun taught business at high schools

2012-01-25 00:00:00

When Sister Barbara Mary Koval entered the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in 1954, it caused a bit of a stir. In an era when many new sist


Obituary: Marty Springstead / Managers' bane as AL umpire

2012-01-24 00:00:00

Marty Springstead, who umpired games in Major League Baseball for 20 years and supervised major league umpires as an executive for more than


Obituary: Robin Elouise Connors / Dedicated career to aiding trauma survivors

2012-01-24 00:00:00

Robin Elouise Connors, a longtime Pittsburgh psychotherapist with a gift for healing and a passion for advocating for victims of sexual abus


Obituary: Roy L. Ash / Former Litton Industries president, OMB director

2012-01-24 00:00:00

Roy L. Ash, a co-founder and former president of Litton Industries who served as director of the Office of Management and Budget in the 1970


Obituary: Joseph Vincent Paterno / For Penn State's 'JoePa,' a storied but scarred legacy

Obituary: Joseph Vincent Paterno / For Penn State's 'JoePa,' a storied but scarred legacy

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Had Joe Paterno's life remained unclouded for a just a few more months, the remembrances today would speak solely of his legacy as the winni


Obituary: Penny Jordan / British novelist sold more than 100 million romances since '80s

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Penny Jordan, a British romance novelist whose tales of beguiling women falling breathlessly in love with handsome sheiks, Sicilian billiona


Obituary: Gustav Leonhardt: Pioneer in authenticity for Baroque performances

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Gustav Leonhardt, a Dutch harpsichordist and conductor who was a major figure in the postwar "early music" movement, which sought to give hi


Obituary: Elizabeth Brumfiel / Archaeologist who studied Mexico

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Elizabeth Brumfiel, a past president of the American Anthropological Association, was a widely recognized scholar in the field of feminist a


Obituary: Etta James / Legendary blues singer known for tender 'At Last'

2012-01-21 00:00:00

Etta James' performance of the enduring classic "At Last" was the embodiment of refined soul: Angelic-sounding strings harkened the arrival


Obituary: Jay A. Jones / Entrepreneur enjoyed life, shared it with workers

2012-01-21 00:00:00

Jay A. Jones, a gadget-minded man from an entrepreneurial family, liked living on the edge -- the cutting edge of whatever technology was th


Obituary: Edward J. Derwinski / Headed VA after it was elevated to the Cabinet

Obituary: Edward J. Derwinski / Headed VA after it was elevated to the Cabinet

2012-01-20 00:00:00

Edward J. Derwinski, a folksy Illinois Republican who served 12 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the first secretary of th


Obituary: Jerome Rubin / Helped develop LexisNexis database, e-readers

2012-01-20 00:00:00

Jerome Rubin, who helped bring to market the commercial online research database today known as LexisNexis and the display technology behind


Obituary: Johnny Otis / R&B singer wrote 'Willie and the Hand Jive'

2012-01-20 00:00:00

As a pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey, Johnny Otis made the kind of conscious life choice


Obituary: Joel J. Tyler / Judge who pronounced 'Deep Throat' obscene

2012-01-19 00:00:00

Joel J. Tyler, who as a Manhattan judge ruled, in a particularly explicit and colorful opinion, that the pornographic film "Deep Throat" was


Obituary: George Rowland White / Physicist became a lover of opera, supporter of Point Park University

2012-01-19 00:00:00

There were clues early on in George White's life that his innate scientific interest would be matched by a love of culture. By third grade,


Obituary: Danny Evins / Made road-stop fortune with Cracker Barrel

2012-01-18 00:00:00

Danny Evins, who created Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a restaurant heavy on grits and nostalgia, expanded it into a $2 billion chain an


Obituary: Denise Darcel / Actress had '50s success

2012-01-18 00:00:00

Denise Darcel, a buxom French-born chanteuse and actress who gained screen popularity in the early 1950s playing opposite some of Hollywood'


Obituary: James E. Alexander / Held several key editor posts at Post-Gazette

Obituary: James E. Alexander / Held several key editor posts at Post-Gazette

2012-01-17 00:00:00

James E. Alexander, who arrived at the Post-Gazette as assistant Sunday editor in 1949 and retired as managing editor three decades later, d


Obituary: Robert Carter / A principal architect of school desegregation

2012-01-17 00:00:00

Robert L. Carter, a former federal judge in New York City who, as a lawyer, was a leading strategist and a persuasive voice in the legal ass


Obituary: Robert Sabatelle / Doctor with a gift of making his patients feel at ease

2012-01-16 00:00:00

When a mother-to-be would get nervous about delivering her baby, Robert Sabatelle, an obstetrician at Sewickley Valley Hospital, knew exactl


Obituary: John Ward Jr. / Longtime journalist, family man

2012-01-15 00:00:00

John "Jack" Ward Jr. told his family that his most memorable Christmas was in 1936. On Christmas Eve, as most of his brothers and sisters sl


Obituary: Lindoro "Lindy" Lauro / Legendary New Castle football coach

Obituary: Lindoro "Lindy" Lauro / Legendary New Castle football coach

2012-01-14 00:00:00

Lindy. In Western Pennsylvania high school football, that one name was synonymous with New Castle High School, a truckload of victories, cha


Obituary: Randy S. Gwosden / Popular and effective elementary math teacher in McKeesport

2012-01-13 00:00:00

As a math teacher in the McKeesport Area School District, Randy S. Gwosden emphasized with students and fellow teachers that there is more t


Obituary: The Rev. John Thomas / Served at Sheldon Calvary Camp as its 'heart and soul'

Obituary: The Rev. John Thomas / Served at Sheldon Calvary Camp as its 'heart and soul'

2012-01-12 00:00:00

The Rev. John Thomas, an Episcopal priest from Mt. Lebanon, devoted much of his ministry to helping young people discover God's purpose for


Obituary: John Chamberlain / Sculptor worked with automobile sheet metal

Obituary: John Chamberlain / Sculptor worked with automobile sheet metal

2012-01-11 00:00:00

John Chamberlain, a prolific American sculptor whose use of crushed automobile sheet-metal became his signature during a career that spanned


Obituary: Jane Whisner / Prepared educators to train students pursuing trades

2012-01-11 00:00:00

Jane Whisner always felt that every young person deserved a chance at a decent job, whether they went to college or not. So she spent much o


Obituary: Paul Engle / Diligent recorder of area organ recitals

Obituary: Paul Engle / Diligent recorder of area organ recitals

2012-01-10 00:00:00

Over the last half century, Pittsburgh organists rarely depressed keys in recitals without the push of the record button by Paul Engle. The


Obituary: Joyce Joynes Langston / Nurse, volunteer and lover of life

2012-01-10 00:00:00

Joyce Joynes Langston had a lack of inhibition and an abundance of caring -- she put the one to good use for entertaining, and the other to


Obituary: Frederica Sagor Maas / Screenwriter from silent film era

2012-01-09 00:00:00

One of the last links to the silent film era, Frederica Sagor Maas wrote the script for 1925's "The Plastic Age," which launched actress Cla


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