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Philanthropist Leon Falk Jr. Dies

June 10, 1988

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Leon Falk Jr., a leading Pittsburgh industrialist and philanthropist died of a stroke Thursday. He was 86.

Falk, whose foundations poured more than $10 million into the University of Pittsburgh’s medical programs, died at Shadyside Hospital.

The Falk family fortune was founded on steel. His father, Leon Sr., and his uncle, Maurice, helped set up Weirton Steel Co. in the 1920s, which later became National Steel Corp.

In 1929 Falk and his uncle established the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation, which during the Depression made large contributions to economic research, creating the Brookings Institution in Washington.

In the late 1930s Falk became active in helping Jews escape Nazi Germany, establishing an agricultural colony for Jewish immigrants in the Dominican Republic.

Falk supported the arts, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Society and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

One of his hobbies was raising and marketing cattle at the family farm in Schellsburg, Bedford County. He won honors at national dairy cattle shows for his breeding of Jersey cows.

In addition to his wife, Falk is survived by three daughters, two sons, four stepsons, a stepdaughter and 26 grandchildren.

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