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McGough, Bruce P.

Bruce P. McGough, Long-Standing Leader in Pittsburgh Printing Industry Well-known commercial printer and golf enthusiast, Bruce Parker McGough, 74, passed away suddenly in his Shadyside home on Sat., Feb 3. Born in Fairfield, Conn., he and his family moved to Evanston, Ill., when Bruce was a youngster. As a seventh grader there, he enrolled in a printing course, and his destiny was charted at that young age. He was keen on everything about printing, and resolved that he would one day work in the industry. And that he did! Family ties brought him to Pittsburgh in 1961 for college. He was able to live with aunts while he studied at the University of Pittsburgh. After one semester, although he was doing well academically, he ran out of money. In 1962, he took his first full-time job at Pitt’s Central Printing Department, while continuing his studies at night. With all of this, he still managed to become a member of the Pitt Band. Although he didn’t play an instrument, Bruce loved music and helped the band wherever they needed him. While continuing to attend Pitt, he worked at Liberty Printing, then moved to Geyer Printing Inc. By the time he graduated from Pitt in 1971 with a degree in business, he had been working in the printing industry for five years and with Geyer for two years. He started in sales, and eventually worked his way up to president and CEO of the company. Bruce, Tom Samuels and Stanley Goldmann eventually purchased Geyer from owner Hunter Caffee. Texas-based Consolidated Industries acquired Geyer in 1997, and Bruce continued as president with the company, which itself was purchased by R.R. Donnelly in 2013, where he was employed until his passing. Bruce was extremely proud of Geyer’s client relationships that he and fellow employees developed with Eat ‘N’ Park, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Carnegie Museums, Calgon, Beecham Products, Packaging Specialists, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Steelers, WQED, Westinghouse, and numerous others. He was very active in industry groups such as Pittsburgh Advertising and Marketing Association, during which time he worked on committees and golf outings. Bruce was a trustee of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, served on the Junior Achievement Board, worked with United Way, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cultural Trust and the Extra Mile Foundation. A determined golfer, he was a long-time member of Oakmont Country Club, where he served on the Board of Governors for six years and as Golf Chairman for four years. He also worked on several committees, including grounds and membership, and had working roles in all of the major men’s championships played at Oakmont. In 2006, Bruce took over as Chairman of the Oakmont SWAT, the group’s 12th chairman in 100 years. He held that position until his death. This was an opportunity he cherished and respected, and one where he could actively maintain the Oakmont tradition of preserving history in a special book, with special golfing friends in a special SWAT room. Bruce described the SWAT history on a Golf Channel segment that was aired during the 2016 Open, held at Oakmont. His deep commitment to the club was apparent; and his sharp wit—well known to his family and friends—peppered the broadcast. And for McGough there was more. He was also a long-time member of Indian Creek Country Club in Miami, where he served on the Board of Directors as treasurer, vice president and president (2007-2009). He worked on many committees, including executive, membership, finance and traditions. Bruce was as passionate about preserving the traditions and protecting the golf experience at Indian Creek as he was at Oakmont. His love for the game of golf allowed him to travel extensively around the country and to Scotland and Ireland. He met many new friends, cultivated relationships, many of which were maintained up until the time of his passing. Throughout the years, Bruce organized many golf outings for friends and clients, not only at Oakmont and Indian Creek, but Scotland as well. Many Sundays after golf at Oakmont, he visited “the 19th Hole,” first a Shadyside saloon, then an Oakland pub, where he would meet other Pittsburgh characters for a few laughs, stories and a brew. McGough could boast of friends from far and wide and the stories to be told numbered in the thousands. When friends speak of him, the most common words to surface are: gentleman, leader, organizer, mentor, sense of humor, wisdom, responsible, problem-solver, methodical, meticulous, respectful, intelligent, snappy dresser, “Mr. Oakmont”, fair, all-around good guy, excellent proofreader. He was indeed a mentor to many in the printing industry and in the world of golf, and was known as “Mayor” by his closest confidants. From an early age, Bruce McGough was absolutely resolute to succeed in everything he tackled. There was much more to be done before his life ended so unexpectedly--even though he had already accomplished so much. His loving wife Nancy is missing him as are his grandchildren and daughters, Patty Swenson, of Santa Barbara, CA and Alice McGough of Palm City, FL. Patty lives with her husband Eric, and her two children, James Kendrick and Kathryn Kendrick. Alice lives with her two children, Raymond Fasulo and Ramina Fasulo. Bruce is also survived by his older brother Terry and his wife Susan of Santa Monica, CA. Bruce’s parents, now deceased, were Fullerton and Nell Pratt McGough. It was Bruce’s preference to have a memorial service. At Oakmont, in early May, his family will host a tribute to his wonderful life. Meanwhile, if you wish to honor Bruce’s memory, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the USGA’s First Tee Program in Pittsburgh or the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Arrangements by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. Oakmont 412-828-3535