The Pittsburgh Foundation

James T. and Hetty E. Knox Fund

Established: 5/1/2009

James and Hetty Knox were from prominent Pittsburgh families. They married in 1952 and had four children. Hetty died on January 19, 2009, at the age of 77. James turned 85 in 2012.

She attended the Westover School in Vermont and went on to Briarcliff College. She was an active member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside.

Hetty's grandfather on her mother's side was a founder of The Jamison Coal Company in Westmoreland County. Through her family inheritance, she and her husband established several charitable funds with The Pittsburgh Foundation.

James graduated from Yale's class of 1950 and went on to work briefly for Gulf Oil. After deciding that wasn't for him, he went back to school at The Carnegie Mellon Architectural School, and graduated in 1957. He was a Partner in Design Alliance for many years until his retirement.

The fund supports the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Zoo, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Science Center, WQED, and The Pittsburgh Public Theatre.

Type of Fund

  • Designated