The Pittsburgh Foundation

Leonard B. and Helen P. McCully Fund

Established: 9/5/1979

The McCullys lived for many years in Garfield. They had no children, so they chose to establish the fund in their names to help support educational initiatives in the region. Leonard died on August 4, 1975, at the age of 79. Helen Palmer passed away on September 5, 1979.

Leonard graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology and went on to work for Westinghouse Electric Company in 1916. He was appointed General Manager of the East Pittsburgh Plant and in 1952 elected Vice-President. One of the highlights of his career was the construction of 18 large water wheel generators for the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington. He received the company's Order of Merit in 1942, the highest honor for distinguished service.

He also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the East Pittsburgh Branch of Mellon Bank. He was a member of the University Club and served on the Board of Governors of the Longvue Club. Upon Leonard's retirement, the McCullys moved to Nokomis, Florida, to be near Helen's ailing mother who survived her by four days.

Among the awards given by the fund was a grant to the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education in 1991 to help attract African American teachers to Pittsburgh City Schools to serve as positive role models to children in the school system.

Type of Fund

  • Unrestricted