Paul Obert, born August 24, 1928 in Pittsburgh, PA to Edgar and Elizabeth
Obert, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2020, on his 16th wedding anniversary. He had just celebrated his
92nd birthday. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Gerard J.
Obert, MD, and Mary Eileen O’Dowd. He had no children.
Paul grew up in the Brookline district of Pittsburgh. In his college years, his
family moved to Mt. Lebanon. He attended South Hills High School and graduated
second in his class and was president of NHS.
He then attended Georgetown University on a scholarship and graduated with a
degree in History. He graduated from University of Pittsburgh Law School in
1953. He started his legal career in private practice in Pittsburgh and is very proud
to have argued and won, a case in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in his
first year. He then entered into active duty in the JAG division of the United States
Air Force and served at several locations in the Midwest and South. Upon
honorable discharge from the Air Force, he remained active in the Air Force
Reserves and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He then worked for the
remainder of his career as General Counsel to HK Porter in Pittsburgh and then
Marshall Field and Company in Chicago and CF Industries in Chicago. He retired
at age 75.
Paul was a lifelong learner and took great pride in education and hard work.
He was very proud that he maintained his BAR license for over 50 years. He
attended Georgetown University on a scholarship and always felt indebted to
return that generosity. His greatest accomplishment and legacy was to set up the
Obert-Beuchle Scholarship at Georgetown University that benefits a student with
serious physical disabilities in honor of his brother, Gerard, who contracted polio
at age 5, yet pursued his lifelong dreams despite a serious handicap.
After retirement, he moved back to the Pittsburgh area, which he always
regarded as his home, and he married Charlotte Mateer, a high school classmate
from South Hills High School, in 2004. He readily reflects on the years since
marrying Charlotte as the happiest years of his life.
Paul is survived by his wife, Charlotte Mateer Obert, and her children
Charlotte and David Stephenson, Christine and Gary Bailey, and Donald Mateer.
He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, Barbara and Ken Puzycki,
Anne and David Derfler, John Obert, David Obert, Clare Obert, Patricia and Kip
Webb, Terry O’Dowd, James O’Dowd, Kathy O’Dowd, Kevin O’Dowd, and Mark
O’Dowd, as well as several great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his
oldest living friend, Jack Colligan
, who he met at age 3.
Paul was a member of St. Bernard’s parish (St. Michael the Archangel) in
Mt. Lebanon for many years. His life will be celebrated with a mass of Christian
Burial at St. Bernard’s on Tuesday, Sept 1, 2020 at 10:00am. He will be buried in
Calvary Cemetery in Butler, PA.
Special thanks is given to the caring health care providers from Gallagher
Hospice and Providence Point Health Care. Memorial contributions can be directed
to Gallagher Hospice at http://gallagherhospice.com/support-us/gallagher-foundation/
and Little Sisters of the Poor http://littlesistersofthepoor.org/donate-to-lsp/
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