Walter Baer Rudov
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Walter Baer Rudov

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RUDOV: Walter Baer Rudov, born October 8, 1927, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He had been under Sivitz Jewish 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 Bachelor of Science 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 Pittsburgh in the engineering organization with worldwide responsibility. 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 18. He continued lifting weights there until this past autumn. He won numerous sport trophies in tennis, sailing and squash. He was a Renaissance man who enjoyed discussing ideas, wordplay, and crossword puzzles. He resumed playing the violin at age 50, having been a prodigy until age 13. He played for years in the Pittsburgh Civic and Jewish Community Center 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, Calif.; Mike (Christian Herrera), Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Wendy Huff (David), San Antonio, Texas; 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 will be held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. Visitation one hour prior to services (11:00 AM – 12:00 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. schugar.com

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