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Richard S. Caliguiri (October 20, 1931May 6, 1988) served as mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1978 until his death in 1988. October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1931 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded  -Incorporated 1758   County Allegheny County Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...


Caliguiri first ran for mayor in 1973 but lost the Democratic primary to incumbent mayor Peter F. Flaherty. Caliguiri again ran in 1977, this time losing the primary to Tom Foerster. Caliguiri decided to break with the Democratic Party establishment and ran in the general election as an independent candidate. Despite long odds, Caliguiri won the race and became Pittsburgh's mayor. After the campaign, Caliguiri realigned himself with the Democratic Party. He would be reelected twice. The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Peter Francis Flaherty (1924 – 2005), an American politician from Pennsylvania, was a Democratic mayor of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and county commissoner of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ...


Under Caliguiri's leadership, Pittsburgh began its "Renaissance II" plan, an urban renewal and revitalization plan based on the “Renaissance” plan of former mayor David L. Lawrence. The plan was generally considered a success but the plan was hampered by a sharp and permanent downturn in the city's economy. Pittsburgh's economy began a marked downturn in the late 1970 with the decline of the large steel producers such as U.S. Steel and Jones & Laughlin. By the end of Caliguiri's time in office, not a single major steel mill operated in a city once known as the "Steel City". Urban renewal (also called urban regeneration in British English) is a movement in urban planning that reached its peak in the United States from the late 1940s through the early 1970s. ... David Leo Lawrence (June 18, 1889 - November 21, 1966), served as the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania from 1959 to 1963. ...


In the mid 1980s, Caliguiri was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare and serious protein disorder. Within a few years in the mid to late 1980s, three of Pennsylvania's most prominent political leaders were afflicted with the rare disorder. Caliguiri as well as Erie Mayor Louis Tullio and Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey had all been diagnosed with the incurable and usually fatal disease. A picture of Erie from across Presque Isle Bay Presque Isle State Park, known to locals as the peninsula. ... Robert Patrick Casey, Sr. ...


Caliguiri refused to allow his declining heath to affect his leadership. Caligiuri refused to step down as mayor. He finally succumbed to the illness in 1988 at the age of 56.



Preceded by:
Peter F. Flaherty
Mayor of Pittsburgh
1978 – 1988
Succeeded by:
Sophie Masloff


Peter Francis Flaherty (1924 – 2005), an American politician from Pennsylvania, was a Democratic mayor of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and county commissoner of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded  -Incorporated 1758   County Allegheny County Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Sophie Masloff (born December 21, 1917 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1988-1994. ...


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Story/Podcast: The Death Of Former Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh (477 words)
Caliguiri died of heart failure from a rare disease called amyloidosis.
Bob Casey Sr., who later died from the same illness, praised Caliguiri as gentle, compassionate and a mayor who would connect with people of all backgrounds.
John Heinz, who later died in a helicopter crash, called Caliguiri's death a tragic loss to the family that loved him deeply, and to the city that was his life's work.
Richard Caliguiri at AllExperts (416 words)
Richard S. Caliguiri (October 20, 1931 – May 6, 1988) served as the very popular and effective mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1978 until his death in 1988.
Caliguiri decided to break with the Democratic Party establishment and ran in the general election as an independent candidate.
Caliguiri as well as longtime Erie Mayor Louis Tullio and Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey were all diagnosed with the incurable and usually fatal disease.
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