Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Edward L. Dardanell Sept. 23, 1923 - April 5, 2013 Newspaper Publisher Who Helped Form Forbes Regional Hospital

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Edward L. Dardanell Sept. 23, 1923 - April 5, 2013 Newspaper Publisher Who Helped Form Forbes Regional Hospital

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Family members of Edward L. Dardanell described him as a man who lived life large and took control of whatever efforts he was involved in from the time he left Penn Hills High School as valedictorian and class president, through the ownership of newspaper publishing and real estate development businesses, an antiques gallery and even to community volunteer efforts, including those that led to the creation of Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville.

It was in Forbes Regional where Mr. Dardanell died Friday from Parkinson's disease. He was 89.

"He was always very astute and involved and he always knew which direction he should go," said Mr. Dardanell's daughter, Megan Olsen of Shaler.

Mr. Dardanell grew up in Penn Hills and lived throughout the eastern suburbs and Shadyside, earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. But he interrupted his college education in 1942 to enlist in the Army. He served as a combat officer in France and Germany during World War II. Mr. Dardanell also served in the Army during the Korean conflict in the Far East Command.

Among the awards he received for his military service were the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster, indicating it was awarded a second time.

Mr. Dardanell was modest about the awards, saying he earned them by "being in the wrong place at the wrong time," said his wife, Marilyn.

Mr. Dardanell started his professional career in the newspaper business where he quickly rose to become chairman of the board of Dardanell Enterprises, which published 16 suburban newspapers in the Pittsburgh area as part of Dardanell Publications. They included the Allegheny Valley Advance-Leader, Penn Hills Progress and Monroeville Times Express.

In addition, he published a monthly sportsmen and conservation publication and a biweekly, tri-state food publication. The Dardanell firm operated a printing plant that printed some 60 other publications. He sold the business to the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo in England in 1978, which operated the community newspapers under the banner of Gateway Publications. They are now part of Trib Total Media.

Mr. Dardanell served as president of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association and the Suburban Newspapers of America.

During his time as a newspaper publisher, Mr. …

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