Jane Mcgough Feb. 7, 1921 - Oct. 27, 2014 Her Doors Were Always Open

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Jane Mcgough Feb. 7, 1921 - Oct. 27, 2014 Her Doors Were Always Open


Ove, Torsten, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Every neighborhood has a house where all the local kids end up.

In the 1960s and 70s, Jane McGough's home on Bayard Place in Shadyside, where she and her husband raised their four children, was that place.

"Everything happened at our house," said her son, attorney W. Thomas McGough. "It was teeming with children. Our house was the house where everyone flowed to."

That openness reflected Mrs. McGough's spirit. The wife of a prominent lawyer, Walter McGough, she was an admirer of Eleanor Roosevelt who stayed strong in her Catholic faith, and she believed in helping those in need, her family said.

Once, in the 1960s, she came across a student from Sweden who was attending the University of Pittsburgh. She saw him on the street, lost and confused, and did what came naturally: She brought him home. He became a regular at the house, coming often for dinner, and their families remained friends long after he returned to Sweden.

"She and my father took him under their wing," Mr. McGough said. "She was always picking up strays."

Mrs. McGough died Monday after suffering a stroke the day before while watching the Steelers game with another son, Disrict Judge Hugh McGough. …

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