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Obituary: Warren B. Dana / Newsman who helped start TV in Pittsburgh

Friday, August 10, 2001

By Nate Guidry, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Warren B. Dana, who helped to shape WDTV, the forerunner of KDKA Television, before becoming a newsman and regional executive for United Press International, died Wednesday at his home in Squirrel Hill.

He was 76 and had leukemia.

Mr. Dana was born in New York and spent his early years traveling the country with his father, Peter Dana, who worked in management with Universal Studios.

He attended high school in Albany, N.Y., and Kansas City, Kan., before finishing at Central Catholic here. After a year at Notre Dame University, he was drafted into the Army. An infantryman, he saw action in Alsace-Lorraine, the Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English at the University of Pittsburgh and, in 1950, a master's degree in television from Syracuse University. He was among the first graduates ever to receive the latter degree.

Shortly afterward, he went to work for ABC Television in Chicago as a producer. In the early 1950s, he returned to Pittsburgh as a director at WDTV, the Dumont Television station, which was eventually purchased by Westinghouse and became KDKA.

In 1955, he married Eleanor Schano, who worked at the station and was the first woman to work on air at a Pittsburgh TV station.

"He was extremely intellectual," she recalled yesterday. "He was a wonderful man and a tremendous history buff."

The couple divorced and Mr. Dana married Joyce Claus Dana in 1969.

After leaving TV, Mr. Dana continued his association with broadcasting as a UPI executive, selling the now-defunct wire service to radio and TV stations in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He later worked in public relations for Carnegie Technical Institute, Passavant Hospital and Forbes Health System

In 1997, he was named "Outstanding Volunteer" by the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Dana is survived by his sister, Marie Immaculee Dana, a Sister of Mercy and the former dean of academic affairs at Carlow College; two daughters, Jennifer Welch of Green Tree, and Lorie Berrick of Mt. Lebanon; two stepsons, Christopher Hummel of San Francisco and Mark Hummel of Seattle; and six grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at McCabe Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Bede Church in Point Breeze. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Hazelwood.



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