PITTSBURGH — David McCullough, Pittsburgh native historian and renowned Pulitzer Prize winner, has died at age 89, his family announced.
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According to a post on McCullough’s Facebook page, the author died Sunday surrounded by his five children.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald released the following statement about McCullough’s death:
“David McCullough was one of the great American historians; he is one of us, a man who grew up here with us. Although his life’s path took him elsewhere, he was always proud of his Pittsburgh roots. His deep love of research and history led him to write many influential books, but he also found time to narrate TV shows and documentaries. And of course, he often returned here as a proud supporter of this region and to share his knowledge of its history and its components. We have always been proud of David and the fact that he is a native son who attended Linden Avenue Grade School and Shady Side Academy. He has been a true friend and supporter and the influences of this city, county and region can be seen in his many writings. The theme of bridges runs through his many novels and is just one of the many reasons why it was so fitting to rename the 16th Street Bridge the David McCullough Bridge. We were all privileged to commemorate his 80th birthday when the bridge was rededicated, and to be accompanied by his family and friends on the occasion. David’s wife Rosalee passed away just two months ago and I’m sure he missed the woman he called his editor-in-chief. Our deepest condolences to his five children, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren for this great loss. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.”
McCullough was born in Pittsburgh in 1933. While being a historian was his best-known role, he was also an editor, teacher, lecturer, and appeared on public television.
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