Commons Room Society

The Commons Room Society honors the Cathedral of Learning's Commons Room, which Chancellor John Bowman (1921-1945) said should be "the heart and soul of the building." Today, it is a lively hub where students, teachers, and friends gather to learn from one another. Membership in the Commons Room Society honors those who have given $100,000 or more in a fiscal year.

Cathedral of Learning Commons Room, decorated for an event

2016 Commons Room Society Honor Roll

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these records, we encourage our readers to alert the Office of Institutional Advancement of any errors or omissions by calling 412-624-5800 or by e-mailing

Please note that "+" denotes that a donor is being honored posthumously and names in bold indicate that a donor is a member of the Pitt Alumni Association. We also extend special thanks to those corporations that provided matching gifts to increase the support provided by donors indicated with an *.

Anonymous (17)

+Thomas P. Angelo

Newton B. Ashby

+Dorothy Avins

Len Berenfield

The Bickell Family

+Edward J. Bigos

Daniel I. Booker

James J. Browne & Noel W. Browne

Charles L. Cost

James P. Covert, Trustee

Mark Cuban

+William Stephen Dietrich II, Trustee

+Frank J. Dixon Jr., MD & +Marion E. Dixon

Curtis & Kimberly Fleming*

Ben L. Fryrear

James M. Gockley, Esquire

Mr. & Mrs. Steven J. Guttman

Cathie & Mike Haberman Family

Van B. Hall

 Henry E. Haller Jr.

Robert Michael Hernandez, Trustee*

Sy Holzer, Trustee & Cathy E. Holzer

+Stuart N. Kline, DDS

Dr. Ruth L. M. Kuschmierz

+Edgar L. Levenson

Clara Li

+Curtis R. Marquard & +Helen B. Marquard

Mr. Ernesto Torres De Azeved Marques Jr.
& Mrs. Isabel Duarte de Holanda Cavalcanti Marques

+Jean McCormick

Nancy Mickle & +Marlin H. Mickle, PhD

+Natalie S. Miller, PhD

+Samuel T. Owens

+Catherine L. Patterson

Cathy Pelusi & John Pelusi, Trustee

+Constance Salvitti and E. Ronald Salvitti

Wes Pickard & Jeanette Studley

+John W. Ponas & +Movene Martin Ponas

+Mary E. Proehle

+Paul M. Rike, MD

Estate of Frances B. Rogers

Richard P. Simmons, Trustee & Virginia C. Simmons

Jo Ann D. Spearline

+Arnold M. Steinman, MD

Lawrence & Rebecca Stern

John P. & Elizabeth L. Surma Family Fund

John A. Swanson, PhD, Trustee & Janet L. Swanson

David Alan Tepper

Steve Tritch, Trustee & Tami Tritch

Peter C. Varischetti, Trustee & Sharon M. Varischetti

Mr. & Mrs. Leo B. Wegemer

Michael G. Wells

George & Dianna Whetsell*

Margaret E. & James E. Wilkes

+Florence L. Williams