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James H. Knowles, Jr.

September 2, 1940 December 6, 2018
James H. Knowles, Jr.
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Obituary for James H. Knowles, Jr.

James H. Knowles, Jr., of Ligonier, died peacefully Thursday, December 6, 2018 at UPMC Presbyterian, surrounded by his loving wife, brother, and nephew.

He was born September 2, 1940, the first son of Gretchen Rose and James H. Knowles, Sr.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Pack Knowles in 1999.

Mr. Knowles attended Shady Side Academy and graduated from Philips Academy in Andover. He graduated from Yale University and obtained his MBA from Harvard University.

He started his financial career at Pittsburgh National Bank in 1964 and helped them to form their first private equity/venture capital firm.
James was instrumental in the formation and continuation of several firms that today are recognized as Pittsburgh traditions and well recognized and iconic brands.
One of his greatest achievements was being instrumental in helping form UPMC. It was through his work and dedication with the late Dr. Thomas Detre and others, that helped create the framework that represents UPMC today.

He was an avid golfer, art lover, cigar aficionado, and wine enthusiast. He most treasured moments were hosting his extended family in Pittsburgh, Ligonier, or Nassau.

Mr. Knowles is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sherin Hetherington Knowles, three children: Janet K. Johnson of Greenland, NH, Pack A. Knowles of Rye, NH, and Sherin K. (Charles) Spofford of Concord, MA, six grandchildren: Harrison Adams Johnson, MacMillan Knowles Johnson, Charles Knowles Spofford, Hetherington Rose Spofford, Maisie KcKown Spofford, and Gretchen Fillion Knowles, and a brother, William S. Knowles.

Mr. Knowles family and friends will gather together Saturday from 2:00-5:00PM, and Sunday from 12:00-2:00PM at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel, Inc., 144 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA.

Jim's family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the enduring and tireless staff of UPMC ICU and UPMC Cardiovascular.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in memory of James H. Knowles, Jr. to the Eye and Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh, 203 Lothrop Street, Suite 251, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to Pressley Ridge, 5500 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

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