Robert H Connamacher

December 20, 1933

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, of Indiana Township, Pennsylvania, passed away at the age of 84. Robert was born on December 20, 1933, in Newark, New Jersey, to Harold Connamacher and Carye-Belle Henle. Robert served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, and he loved to tell stories about using his furlough and Army transports to circumnavigate the globe. Following his honorable discharge, Robert returned to school and received his Doctoral degree from George Washington University in 1966. He was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 1966 until 2016, where he researched how bacteria are attacked by and defend against medicine, including bacterial drug resistance. Robert was devoted to his students and especially to underrepresented minorities. For many years, Robert ran University of Pittsburgh's Medical Explorers program, he was the faculty advisor for the Pre-Medical Organization for Minority Students, and he was active with the Student National Medical Association. In his spare time, he tutored math and science at Westinghouse High School. Robert was a peace and social justice activist, a member of both the American Friends Service Committee and the Pennsylvania Prison Society. He served his community as the emergency management coordinator for Indiana Township, dealing with everything from food rescue and recovery to capturing a runaway lion, and as a volunteer fireman for almost 30 years. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patricia Charache; and his son, Demetrius. He is survived by his sons, William, Harold (Celeste), and Richard; his granddaughters, Nadine and Charlotte; his sister, Jane Pier; several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandniece and nephews; and his longtime friend, Shirley Wheaton. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Avenue. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Student National Medical Association. Arrangements were entrusted to ANTHONY M. MUSMANNO FUNERAL HOME, INC .

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