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Media inquiries may be directed to John Denny at jrdenny@dennycivicsolutions.com or call 412-338-3409 or 412-551-1770. Suggested locations for camera crews to do interviews include WQED, UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center, and the Elsie Hillman Auditorium in the Irene Kauffman Building at the Hill House.

A Public Statement by Henry L. Hillman

Month Date, 20XX      

The family of Elsie Hilliard Hillman—devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, civic and political leader, and philanthropist—has announced that she died peacefully today surrounded by family.  She was xx.

Hillman, a former National Republican Committeewoman and friend to Governors, Senators, Presidents, and hundreds of Pittsburghers from all walks of life, was a prominent civic leader in Pittsburgh and perhaps the city’s biggest booster for over 50 years.   

From an early age, she dedicated herself to serving others through civic organizations and, later, philanthropy, but her greatest joy in life was her family.  “Elsie was at her happiest when surrounded by her family,” said husband, Henry Hillman.  “Every person she ever met, she made to feel as though she was their best friend and would do anything for them, but her family always came first in her heart.”  In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, thirteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Actively involved in the community, at the time of her death, she chaired the Elsie H. Hillman Foundation, served as a trustee of the Hillman, Henry L. Hillman, Mary Hillman Jennings and Polk Foundations, and was a member of the boards of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, WQED, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Riverlife Task Force, and Hill House Association.  A recipient of countless honors over the course of her life, she was recently recognized by the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics as the subject of a publication on her civic career and groundbreaking work as a political and community leader as well as an advocate for women and minorities in elected politics.

Funeral arrangements will be private.  A community memorial service to celebrate her remarkable life is being planned.