Chester Amatangelo epitomized the Greatest Generation.
The son of Italian immigrants who earned grasp’s ranges and rose to the govt ranks at U.S. Steel, Mr. Amatangelo proudly served his us in World War II.
“He was the first one and the best one in his family who clearly were given to go to university,” said Mr. Amatangelo’s daughter Rebecca A. Amatangelo of Washington, D.C. “It becomes an exact scenario for a person coming out of the Mon Valley.”
Mr. Amatangelo, 94, of Rosslyn Farms, died Wednesday of congestive coronary heart failure.
He grew up in Donora, wherein the maximum of the men in his family worked in one of the location’s metal turbines. In an autobiographical file he wrote for his own family, Mr. Amatangelo defined that he was hoping to paint in an office but by no means anticipated attending college.
But he excelled at math and changed into advised by way of his mom and excessive college important to use at the University of Pittsburgh to fundamental in electrical engineering.
“He turned into amazed that he become going to university,” said his son Matthew Amatangelo, of Austin, Texas. “His mother had stored cash for the university under her bed, literally.”
After graduating from Donora High School in 1943, he started training at Pitt, but his educational profession becomes sidelined for a time by way of World War II.
Mr. Amatangelo served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, first in an education program on the Navy Pier in Chicago, with a production battalion inside the Philippines.
After the struggle, he graduated from Pitt with a bachelor’s degree in 1948, after which a grasp’s diploma in electrical engineering years later.
In 1950, he went to paintings at U.S. Steel as an engineering trainee with a $258 consistent with the month.
But he aspired to be “extra than simply an engineer,” Mr. Amatangelo wrote in his autobiography, and he persevered his studies at what’s now Carnegie Mellon University, earning a master’s degree in business administration in 1955.
He returned to U.S. Steel and became appointed preferred manager of strength and fuel within the firm’s engineering department.
By 1964, Mr. Amatangelo turned into working in one thousand million-dollar growth of the company, traveling to supervise the creation of recent improvement at flowers in Eastern Pennsylvania., Birmingham, Ala., and Gary, Ind.
“He traveled plenty,” Rebecca Amatangelo stated. “It becomes all approximate performance and making metallic vegetation extra powerful and efficient.”
During the Fourth of July holiday in 1952, Mr. Amatangelo met Helen Skiles, who he married in October 1955. She and Mr. Amatangelo had 5 kids earlier than she died in 1978.
In March 1981, Mr. Amatangelo married Barbara Eubanks, who he met all through an enterprise experience to Birmingham.
Although their father turned into a busy govt with a full-size trip among Downtown and their home — first in Carroll, Washington County, then Hampton — he turned into a huge part of their lives growing up, his kids stated.
“There became no interest for him however family, said his son David Amatangelo, of Brooklyn, N.Y. “He was very devoted to the whole family.”
Mr. Amatangelo volunteered with the figure/trainer business enterprise at his kids’ standard faculty, served as a board member for the newly shaped St. Philip Neri School in 1966, or even helped with homework and Boy Scouts as they grew older.
“He in all likelihood deserved Eagle Scout more than I did,” said his son Matthew, giggling at the memory. “He was given up early and worked past due — now and again, he wouldn’t get domestic till 7:30.”
“When he was given home, the entire family might sit down and devour,” remembered his daughter Roberta A. Bauer of the Green Tree City section of Pittsburgh. “It was strictly circle of relatives time.”