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“Professor Piehler always believed in me, when many did not. He was always my favorite professor because of that. I'll always remember our meetings at...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Shevey Westbrook - Pittsburgh, PA

“I am so sad and sorry to learn of Henry's passing. I first met Henry in Clausthal, Germany at a conference on textures. He was so brillant and...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Philippe Charpentier - Pittsburgh, PA

“Henry was my mentor and advisor since I came to CMU in 1978. I learned so much about the nature of engineering from him - the obligation to be...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Indira Nair - Albuquerque, NM

“To Mrs. Piehler, Mike, and Chris: I am so very sorry for your loss. May you find solace in happy memories of Hank/Dad and support from friends and...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Megan Coffey - Rohnert Park, CA

“Sympathies. I had the privilege of getting to know Henry through our Wednesday night meeting. He was a joy to talk to and be with. Prayers and...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Michael Bartley - Pittsburgh, PA

“Lots of good memories from our time as next-door neighbors on Schenley Farms Terrace, as our boys played basketball in our shared driveway. Sincere...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Rosemary Coffey - Pittsburgh, PA

“Henry was so welcoming to me when I started my faculty position at CMU. I always loved his stories. He was even so kind to give me tickets to the...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Porter - Pittsburgh, PA

“Long time friend and Colleague ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Noel Thomas Nuhfer - Pittsburgh, PA

“My sympathies for your loss. I was a student of Dr. Piehler's at Carnegie Mellon in the 1980's and fondly remember his class being one that really...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Amy Harmon Krtanjek - York, PA

“Henry was one of the first professors I met when I arrived at Carnegie Mellon University as a graduate student. Later, when I joined the faculty, he...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Alex Hills - Palmer, AK - Friend

“I am sorry for your loss. I miss Hank and still have the good memory of his retirement party. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Francis McMichael - Pittsburgh, PA


Pawleys Island: Henry R. Piehler, 78, died Thursday, November 24, 2016, after a long illness. Born in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, he was educated there and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he completed three degrees, culminating in a doctorate in Metallurgy in 1967. He began his career in the Metallurgy and Materials Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA in 1967, eventually taking a joint appointment in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. His expertise included the mechanical behavior of materials, the interaction of law and technology, and technology transfer. He was an active researcher and teacher at Carnegie Mellon until his retirement. Henry was an avid cook and photographer. He enjoyed watching sports and was especially devoted to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also a devotee of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The son of the late Paul and Else (Suhr) Piehler, he leaves his wife of 51 years, Margaret Forbes Piehler; two sons, Michael and his wife Betsy, Christopher and his wife Anita; and three grandchildren, Owen, John and Hallie. A graveside service will be held at All Saints Church, Pawley's Island, South Carolina, at 2 pm on December 22, 2016 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rice Museum, 633 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440 Sign a guestbook at: mayerfuneralhome.com.

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