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File #: 2010-0772    Version: 1
Type: Proclamation Status: Adopted
File created: 7/20/2010 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 7/20/2010
Enactment date: 7/20/2010 Enactment #: 511
Effective date:    
Title: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Council does hereby recognize, appreciate and celebrate the life, the wisdom, the career of Robert R. Lavelle and the care he had for his family, his employees, his clients and his community - all that he accomplished in both his public career and private life; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Council, certainly joining this City, are deeply saddened by the passing of this wonderful man and grandfather of City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle hereby express our grief and extend our sympathy to his family, friends, and coworkers.
Sponsors: Darlene M. Harris, All Members
Attachments: 1. 2010-0772.doc
WHEREAS, Robert R. Lavelle was born on October 4, 1915 in Cleveland, Tennessee, was the sixth or eight children, who lived most of his life in Pittsburgh and was educated through his Master of Letters Degree at the University of Pittsburgh and received honorary Doctorates from Geneva College and Gordon College; and

WHEREAS, Robert R. Lavelle married his beloved wife Adah Moore Lavelle 67 years ago and had two sons, Robert M. Lavelle, John F. Lavelle and two grandchildren; and

WHEREAS, Robert R. Lavelle followed his three years in the military, honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant, by beginning Lavelle Real Estate, a real estate firm, in the Hill District and joining the Board of Directors of the closing Dwelling House Building and Loan, rescuing and growing the bank while moving through its ranks as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, remaining with the bank for over fifty years; and

WHEREAS, Robert R. Lavelle, using the Sherman and Clayton antitrust laws, filed a suit against the all white local realtors multi-list group and won paving the way for all Black and other minorities across the country to join multi-list real estate groups; and

WHEREAS, Robert R. Lavelle was a well respected and well known community leader who served with many community groups and on many community boards including the Director Emeritus of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a Life Member of the Salvation Army, served on the Pittsburgh Chapter Board and First Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a Board Member of the Urban League of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business and the Pittsburgh Symphony Society; and

WHEREAS, Robert R. Lavelle passed away peacefully on July 4, 2010 and will always be remembered not only as a great and scholarly businessman, servant of the community, loving husband, father and grandfather, but will also be remembered for his devotion t...

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