Murray Allen Tucker
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Murray Allen Tucker

TUCKER: Murray Allen Tucker, 80, living in Atenas, Costa Rica, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 27 of heart failure. Murray was born on May 6, 1940, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Frances and Joseph Tucker, brother of the late Robert Tucker and late sister-in-law Jackie Tucker. Murray attended Taylor Allderdice High School, graduated from Oberlin College and received his doctorate in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Academic appointments followed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and later at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Murray also worked in various departments of the government. His last position was as an economist with the IRS where he specialized in pharmaceutical companies. During retirement he authored two books. “Screamer: The Forgotten Voices of the Pittsburgh Steelers” is his father Joe Tucker’s broadcast history adapted from his notes by Murray. “The Journeys of Brothers”, a novel, is partially based on his family’s immigration story with lots of Murray’s imagination. He enjoyed studying Spanish in Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Spain. Photography and gardening were among his hobbies. He was a big fan of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. A memorial Zoom service was held on Sunday, Nov. 1, led by former Pittsburgher James Levinson. Family from all over the United States, with a strong Pittsburgh presence, and his wife JoAnne from Costa Rica remembered and celebrated Murray. He is survived by his wife, JoAnne, a former Pittsburgher; his daughters Julie and her husband Ed Needham, and Rachel and her husband David Robinson; three grandchildren, Jessica, Jonathon and Brandon Robinson; and his sister Lynne Levenbach. Contributions in Murray’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.

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