Robert Fohl

May 18, 2024 - September 14, 2011

Robert P. Fohl, of McCandless Township, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. He was the beloved husband for 57 years of Joann Magerl Fohl. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jack and Lois Kort, of Gibsonia, and Robert and Teresa Magerl, of Spokane, Wash.; and nine dear nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward L. Fohl, who passed away Sept. 14, 1936, when Bob was six years old, and his mother, Anne. After his father’s death, his mother enrolled him in Girard College in Philadelphia and he later returned to be graduated from Avalon High School and the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the Army Intelligence Agency, educated at the Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he was graduated highest ever in the Czechoslovakian language. He subsequently served in Europe, among other duties, broadcast for the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. His career upon return began at PPG for 12 years and US Steel for 22 years. During his tenure at USS, he was excused for a leave of absence to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention 1967 to 68 and later to serve as county chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Allegheny County. He later served for three years as a member of the PA Workmens’ Compensation Appeal Board and then 12 years as a member of the PA Liquor Control Board. He was a patriot who loved his country, his city of Pittsburgh, politics and golf. He will be sorely missed by family and friends. Friends received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church, 311 Siebert Road, Ross Township. Contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or to St. Sebastian Parish.

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  • Joseph Molhoek

    Mrs. Fohl,
    My deepest sympathy to you.
    I was out of town and just saw that Mr. Fohl had died.
    I always respected Mr. Fohl and enjoyed our talks about the Liquor Control Board.
    It was a pleasure to work for a man of his character. I’m glad that I did.


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