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Park L. Rankin

  • On September 15, 2023

Park Lawrence Rankin, age 73 of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2023.  The beloved son of the late Marguerite and Park Young Rankin, devoted husband of Jan Rankin for 52 years, loving father of David (Kristyna) Rankin and Sean (Elizabeth) Rankin, and an over-the-moon grandpa to Helena Claire Rankin.  Park is also survived by his two sisters Mary Jo (Dan) Bethem, Carole (Ron) Richardson and many loving nieces and nephews.

Park received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University and devoted his life to his passion for architecture.  He chaired the AIA (American Institute of Architecture) as President of the Pittsburgh Chapter, which hosted Prince Charles during their “Remaking Cities Conference.”  He proudly held the position of University Architect at The University of Pittsburgh for 14 years and was instrumental in overseeing the renovation of The Cathedral of Learning projects.

Outside of his work, he was an amazing family man and a devoted husband.  He enjoyed fishing, traveling the world, delving into history and spending time with his loving family and friends.  We will all miss his genuine care of others and his wonderful sense of humor.

A gathering will be held at the funeral home on Monday, October 23rd from 10:30-12:30, with a service starting at 12:30.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society https://donate.cancer.org.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317.

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Bobbie Patton
My sympathy to you and your family. May you fill your hearts with the many warm memories you have. God Bless.
Park was a terrific partner at Pitt and I enjoyed working with him during my time. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Marian Shadrick
Oh Jan , we are so sorry to hear this sad news ! Please know you are in our thoughts. All our memories of Park are full of laughter and fun over the years at C&B festivities. I think of him every time I see gladioli. I hope you are finding comfort in the love of family and friends. Marian and Tom Shadrick
Deb Walker
Dear Jan, Walker and I were so sorry to hear of Park’s passing. We both remember him as a guy with a great sense of humor and a kind word for his buddies. I’m so glad that we got to see both of you last summer, if only for a moment. We are thinking of you and your family. Deb and Bob Walker
Ken Doyno
So Sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure to work with Park on the Honor’s College at the top of the Cathedral of Learning which will be one of many of his legacy projects that will benefit people for generations to come.