The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

May 7, 2013

Dr. Thomas Kane

PITTSBURGH — KANE – Dr. Thomas J., 70, Pittsburgh, died, Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Shadyside Hospital. He was a son of the late John and Mary Kane of Johnstown.  Also preceded in death by brother, GySgt. James B. Kane, USMC, and sister, Carol (Kane) Elliott.  Survived by brother, Edward Kane; sister, Susan (Kane) Heidenthal, and husband, Jim; brother-in-law, Bill Elliott; and several nieces and nephews. Dr. Kane was a graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School, 1960; received A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. (1968) from the University of Pittsburgh; taught at Pitt from 1965 until his retirement in 1999; coached the University of Pittsburgh to the National Debate championship in 1981 and was twice named National Coach of the Year by Emory University (1973) and Georgetown University (1981); named Honorary Citizen of Texas in 1982 for his work with high school debaters at Baylor University; and he enjoyed working in politics and served for 16 years as an elected member of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.  He enjoyed traveling both in the USA and throughout the world, and made many friends along the way. He also did volunteer work with Family House in Pittsburgh and taught English to Russian émigrés at the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Voluntary contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. As Sophocles wrote many years ago, “One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.” Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Ave., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.comes.com.

 

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