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University of Pittsburgh Law School
Gets Its Second Largest Endowment
Associated Press, January 25, 2004

Christopher C. Walthour Jr., formerly of North Huntingdon in Westmoreland County, died in August at age 86 and graduated from the law school in 1942. He was the president of Manor National Bank for more than 50 years.

The gift could be worth about $4.25 million, according to dean David Herring, though the exact amount has yet to be determined.

The donation will allow the school to create two chairs in Walthour's name supporting high-level faculty members and part of the fund will be dedicated to student aid.

Attorney Wayne Whitehead said Walthour was his mentor and the two were such good friends that they wouldn't take cases opposing each other.

Walthour "could see no need for intercollegiate sports whatsoever," Whitehead said. "I tried to explain that I was not a good sports player but had earned three varsity letters. There's more to school than learning."

Walthour "lived, ate and drank the law," Whitehead said.

The law school's largest gift is $11 million from Meadville cable television magnate George J. Barco and his daughter, Yolanda G. Barco.