J. Henry GardnerMarch 14, 1922 ~ February 8, 2017 (age 94)
J. Henry Gardner
Age 94, formerly of Oakmont and Fox Chapel, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Anna Maria of Aurora, OH. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to the late Mary Ann (Rial) Gardner; loving father of Anne Gardner Tripp (Isaac) of Chagrin Falls, OH, and the late David Henry Gardner and Carolyn Porter Gardner; cherished grandfather of Catharine Tripp Golden (Ross) of Chagrin Falls, OH, and Isaac Henry Gardner Tripp of New York, NY, and great grandfather of Maryanne Elizabeth Golden of Chagrin Falls, OH; the son of the late Frank and Ethel (Henry) Gardner; and brother of the late David Gardner. Henry earned his A.B., Economics from Allegheny College, where he served as editor of the college newspaper, The Campus, and was a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Following his graduation in 1943, Henry served in the Army Air Force, including 25 months in the South Pacific. Following his discharge, he enrolled at Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, receiving an M.B.A. degree in 1947. Henry worked at LTV Corporation (formerly known as Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation) for 15 years, where he eventually led public relations, advertising, and marketing. In 1970, Henry changed careers and became a regional representative at Fiduciary Counsel, Inc., where he served as a trusted investment advisor to high net worth individuals and families, as well as to officers and trustees responsible for large corporate and non-profit institutional funds. During his life, Henry served as Governor, Harvard Business School Association of Pittsburgh; Treasurer and President, Pittsburgh Graduate Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and Elder, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. He was a member of The Sons of the American Revolution. In 1995, he published his World War II diary, Beachheads and Black Widows, which chronicles his day-to-day life while serving 25 months in the South Pacific. Henry enjoyed writing, church work, gardening, travel, autograph collecting, and most importantly spending time with his family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, 3pm at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 6507 Wilkins Ave., Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, or to Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, 333 E. Carson St., Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.