Kenneth S. Brand
March 7, 2022

Visitation Information

March 13 2022 - 12:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc, 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, 15232

Funeral Information

March 13 2022 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc, 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, 15232

KENNETH S. BRAND: On Monday, March 7, 2022, one month shy of his 90th birthday. Beloved husband of the late Marlene Brand. Born in St. Louis to the late Oscar Brand and Anne (Biederman) Brand. He is survived by son Steven Brand (Bella Wong) and their children Jacob and Logan, and by daughter Ellen Brand Price (Robert Price). He is also survived by his brother Robert Brand (Sandie). After graduating Magna Cum Laude in Physics from Harvard College ('53) and receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School ('55), Ken joined his family’s growing venetian blind and awning manufacturing business (which in turn, grew out of a hardware store business) and helped transition it into a more generalized supplier of metal coatings and platings to a wide variety of markets spanning industries as diverse as automobiles to canned food to above-ground swimming pools. Alongside his brother Bob and cousin Rich Brand, he grew Enamel Products & Plating Company and its Artcraft and Solar Group divisions into the country’s largest independently owned metal coating company and into the largest producer of mailboxes in the U.S. After his focus on family and business, Ken’s greatest passion was as a deep and devout lover of symphony and especially opera, traveling to many of the top classical music venues throughout the U.S. and Europe to hear the great conductors, orchestras, operas and soloists of his time. He was an ardent and generous supporter of Pittsburgh’s Symphony and Opera, and served on the Pittsburgh Opera’s Board of Directors for 40 years as a Board Vice President of Finance, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Investment Committee Chair, and Executive Committee member. Services at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL, INC., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Sunday at 1 PM. Visitation one hour prior to services (12 Noon - 1 PM). Interment Homewood Cemetery. Charitable donations may be made to the Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (www.


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Ken and I became good friends because we were both members of the Board of Pittsburgh Opera and shared a mutual friend, Otto Abraham. Our shared enjoyment of opera resulted in Ken\\\'s visit to Miami Beach and attending a Florida Grand Opera production, and our joint travel with our wives and with other members of the Pittsburgh Opera Board to Santa Fe for its opera. Otto, Ken and I would occasionally meet for lengthy lunches to address and solve the problems of the world. He and Marlene were sometimes visitors to my home in Washington, Pa. Ken was a great guy and a good friend.

By Stephen I. RichmanKen and I met - March 10, 2022

Steve, Ellen and family, My deepest condolences. I remember your father as having a great sense of humor and being a loyal dear friend of my dad. So sorry for your loss. Pam

By Pam Cowan - March 09, 2022