Walter Baer Rudov
April 6, 2019

Visitation Information

April 9 2019 - 11:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Funeral Information

April 9 2019 - 12:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, PA 15232

WALTER BAER RUDOV: Born October 8, 1927, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Charles Morris Rehab Center. He had been under Sivitz Hospice Care for complications from diabetes. Born to Rose and David Rudov, Polish immigrants, he was raised in Knoxville where his father struggled as a tailor. He graduated from South Hills High School and volunteered for the U.S. Navy a year before bombs were dropped in Japan. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 and from the Naval Reserves in 1959. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1948 where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi. He received his license as a Professional Engineer in 1957. He designed several patents when he was employed by U.S. Steel, initially as a maintenance foreman at the former Duquesne Works. He then moved to corporate headquarters where he was a project manager in the engineering organization with worldwide responsibility in Pittsburgh. He continued in that role for several companies after retirement from U.S. Steel. An early devotee of physical fitness, he was a familiar face at the Jewish Community Center since age eighteen. He continued lifting weights there until this past autumn. He won numerous sport trophies in tennis, sailing, squash. He was a Renaissance man who enjoyed discussing ideas, wordplay, and crossword puzzles.  He resumed playing the violin at age fifty, having been a prodigy until age 13. He played for years in the Pittsburgh Civic and JCC Orchestras and chamber music groups. He also played guitar and ukulele for sing-alongs at the Anathan House and savored playing piano/violin duets with his wife, Diane Karp Rudov. He was unflaggingly devoted to his family and known for his wit, indefatigability, and determination. He is survived by his children Marc, Brentwood, CA, Mike (Christian Herrera), Fort Lauderdale, FL, Wendy Huff (David), San Antonio, TX; sister Sheila Golding, Churchill, brother Melvin Rudov, Squirrel Hill; stepchildren Cara Bloom (Richard Carufel), Joel (Jody) Bloom, Ellen Bloom, Steven Bloom, sister-in-law Elissa Hirsh, brother-in-law Norman (Nancy) Karp, granddaughters Stella and Adaline Bloom and Sydney Neft, several nieces and nephews; former wife, Corinne. He was predeceased by sister Sylvia Klein and wife Florence Herlich Rudov in 1999.  Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 12 Noon. Visitation one hour prior to services (11 AM - 12 Noon). Interment Temple Sinai Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or the American Diabetes Association, 112 Washington Place, #1520, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.


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To Diane and the family, I admired Walt with his many talents and bravery in the face of debilitating illness. You have my sympathy for your loss. Connie Rapp

By Connie Rapp - April 09, 2019

I will miss Walt. I have wonderful memories of squash games at the in JCC in Oakland

By MARVIN ADELSON - April 08, 2019

I'm very sorry for your loss. While reading the obituary I see he was intelligent and very talented. May he rest in peace.

By Jennifer Devine - April 08, 2019

Very sorry to hear this. I knew Walt when he lived in The Highlander, mostly through the Condo Coundil meetings. A thoughtful man who was just nice and always provided some food for thought. Holding him and his family in the Light of prayer.

By Barra Jacob-McDowell - April 08, 2019