Sophie Masloff

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Sophie Masloff
56th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
May 6, 1988 – January 3, 1994
Preceded byRichard Caliguiri
Succeeded byTom Murphy
President of the Pittsburgh City Council
In office
January 4, 1988[1] – May 6, 1988
Preceded byBen Woods
Succeeded byBen Woods (Acting)[a]
Member of the Pittsburgh City Council
In office
April 27, 1976 – May 6, 1988
Preceded byAmy Ballinger
Succeeded byDuane Darkins
Personal details
BornDecember 23, 1917
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 17, 2014(2014-08-17) (aged 96)
Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jack Masloff
m. 1939–1991 (his death)[2]
a.^ As the Council's President Pro Tempore, Woods declared himself Acting Council President following Masloff's ascension to the office of Mayor.[3]

Sophie Masloff (December 23, 1917 – August 17, 2014) was an American politician. She was a long-time member of the Democratic Party and civil servant. She was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council and later served as the mayor of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 1994. She was the first woman and the first Jew to hold that office.[4]

Masloff died on August 17, 2014, at the Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, aged 96.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The choice is Sophie". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 7, 1988. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  2. "Mayor's husband dies of heart failure". Pittsburgh Press. June 2, 1991. p. A1. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  3. "Pittsburgh Council Embroiled in Power Play". The Philadelphia Inquirer. May 14, 1988. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  4. Belsie, Laurent (May 9, 1988). "Pittsburgh's first woman mayor fills in during transition". Christian Science Monitor. p. 7. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  5. "Death claims former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 17, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  6. "Former Mayor Sophie Masloff Dies At 96". CBS Pittsburgh. August 17, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.

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