Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

C. Fred Fetterolf July 18, 1928 - Feb. 5, 2012 Former President of Alcoa, Philanthropist Guided by Faith

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

C. Fred Fetterolf July 18, 1928 - Feb. 5, 2012 Former President of Alcoa, Philanthropist Guided by Faith

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There was a time when Alcoa executive C. Fred Fetterolf would carry his Bible into company headquarters or the Duquesne Club discreetly, so as not to attract attention to his devout Christianity among fellow corporate titans.

By the time Mr. Fetterolf ended his tenure as Alcoa's president in 1991, however, he was one of the most open business leaders in the region about his faith and how it guided him.

Mr. Fetterolf became a leader in a wide variety of civic and philanthropic activities during and after his Alcoa leadership, some with a religious slant -- including chairmanship of the 1993 Billy Graham Crusade at Three Rivers Stadium -- and others without, such as raising scholarship funds in the FAME program to help African- American students attend Pittsburgh's most prestigious private schools.

"In his business career, he reached the pinnacle as president of Alcoa, and in his life, both during and since Alcoa, his wisdom and wealth touched the lives of countless young people," said Richard Jewell, Grove City College president.

Mr. Fetterolf recently led a $69 million capital fundraising effort for the college, his alma mater.

The Edgeworth resident, formerly of Sewickley and Sewickley Heights, died Sunday at Villa St. Joseph in Baden.

At age 83, he never recovered from a stroke that occurred Dec. 31.

Mr. Fetterolf grew up in Venango County and served in the Navy before becoming a 5-foot-5, three-sport athlete as a chemistry major at Grove City College.

He took a job as a sales trainee for Alcoa in 1952, and over the next 39 years he climbed the corporate ladder through a succession of mid- and upper-level positions in other cities, as well as at the Pittsburgh headquarters. He became president of the world's largest aluminum manufacturer in 1984.

Mr. Fetterolf resigned in 1991 during an apparent rift with Alcoa Chairman Paul O'Neill, who had been chosen by the company's board four years earlier for the senior position, although details of their differences were never publicized. Before then, Mr. Fetterolf had helped his longtime company out of the early 1980s recession, focusing on a diversification strategy while Alcoa reached annual sales of $10. …

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