Alumni

Brian Gahan in a blue face mask speaking with others in masks
Brian Gahan (BUS '85G) answered the call to fight COVID-19 by leading a response force of 120 Army and Air Force reservists to develop and implement Illinois’ first drive-thru testing facility.
a black and white image of Bohach
Pitt alum Johnmichael Bohach (A&S ’06) recently applied his architectural skills to a tiny Cathedral creation.
A Zoom meeting with two visible participants
Four alumni called for hope, persistence and confidence in a conversation with members of the Class of 2020 during a recent panel discussion. The event, organized by the Pitt Alumni Association, is part of a larger effort at Pitt to launch the newest Panther alums to success.
John Lush and Susan Hedrick in wedding attire
The story of John Lush (A&S ’04, EDUC ’05G) and Susan Hedrick’s surprise, celebrity-studded wedding started with a viral tweet. See how the cast of “The Office” made their May nuptials extra sweet.
Kumar Vijayendra
Donors made his MBA dream a reality, so Kumar Vijayendra spent his time at Pitt hoping to make them proud. In April, he graduated with the top MBA student honor from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
a black and white photo of a man in a group
Twenty years ago, Douglas Guy (A&S ’78) arrived in South Africa to launch an environmentally conscious self-help model for locals to build affordable, sustainable housing. Today, he's seeking solutions to the area's COVID-19 challenges.
A person plays multiple instruments with a Pitt banner backdrop
Michael Buckstein (A&S ’18) recently took to Twitter and performed his own brass ensemble versions of Pitt’s alma mater and victory song while #HailingFromHome.
Gertrude Wade in a black and white photo.
Gertrude Wade (EDUC ’44, ’46G) helped break the color barrier in Pittsburgh by landing the job as the first African American female principal in Pittsburgh Public Schools.
An Olympic medal from 1936
The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were famous for Jesse Owens’ sweeping victories, but did you know that Pitt shares in the history too? A 21-year-old runner named John Woodruff (A&S ’39) paused mid-race and still managed to win the 800 meter competition. Pitt has his gold medal.
Ella P. Stewart
In addition to making history at Pitt, Ella P. Stewart (PHARM 1916) was the first Black woman pharmacist licensed in Pennsylvania, as well as one of the first Black women licensed to practice pharmacy in the United States.