On June 20, David Epperson, the former dean emeritus and professor emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, passed away due to apparent cardiac arrest. He was 76.

Throughout his life, Epperson was an active philanthropist, serving as the chairman on the board of directors for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, the YMCA and NEED. He also served on the board of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture and as the vice chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.


Epperson is survived by his wife Cecilia Trower Epperson; daughters Sharon Epperson and Lia Epperson Jealous; and three grandchildren.

“My father was a leader in the Pittsburgh community. He believed in bringing people together through his work with the University of Pittsburgh and his civic leadership with a variety of organization,” said Sharon Epperson. “He was an extremely devoted husband for nearly 47 years. He was a father to two young women and grandfather to three grandchildren.”

Funeral services will be held at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. The viewing will be held on June 24 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on June 25.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The David E. and Cecelia T. Epperson Scholarship Fund, which benefits students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. University of Pittsburgh, Office of Institutional Advancement, 128 North Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

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