Who is Drew Mathieson?


Andrew Wray Mathieson was born in 1928. He is the son of Andrew R. Mathieson and Margaret Mathieson. He attended Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh.

Mathieson at BucknellHe earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA in 1950. Mathieson played varsity tennis at Bucknell and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Has served as Class President and President of the General Alumni Association, among many other posts at Bucknell University. On June 3rd, 2000, Mathieson was honored with Bucknell’s “Loyalty to Bucknell” Award.

Drew earned a Master of Science Degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration in 1952.

Upon attaining his Master’s Degree, Drew entered the United State Naval Reserve. An Ensign, he was stationed in Camden, NJ.

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Drew married Helen Fricke, graduate of the Shipley School and Connecticut College Class of 1952, on December 5, 1953 in her hometown of Merion, PA. The couple resided in Haddonfield, NJ, during Mathieson’s service in the USNR and would eventually have three children: Margaret, Andrew F., and Peter.

Upon completion of his service obligation, due to his outstanding achievements at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Mathieson was nominated by the school’s dean for a position at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. The Mathieson family relocated to Pittsburgh, where Drew progressed rapidly through the ranks at Westinghouse.

In 1963, Mathieson joined the Richard K. Mellon and Sons as assistant and adviser to Richard K. Mellon and manager of the company’s funds. Drew would eventually be appointed Executive Vice President of R.K. Mellon and Sons and serve as Vice Chairman of the Richard Kind Mellon Foundation. Throughout the course of his career, he would hold numerous positions within the Mellon family’s organizations.

It was soon after acquiring the financially troubled Bidwell Training Center that, through a mutual friend, Bill Strickland was introduced to Drew Mathieson. A meeting at the Duquesne Club began a lifelong friendship between the two. Drew became a mentor and confidant to Strickland, allowing him to break into the world of the Pittsburgh elite and craft valuable relationships with local leaders that would prove vital in the continuation and expansion of Strickland’s work in the Manchester neighborhood.

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At the age of 57, Drew Mathieson was engaged in a confrontation outside Mellon Arena on February 19, 1986, and was shot three times while saving the life of his secretary, Jane Celender. Drew was admitted to Mercy Hospital where he underwent surgery and was hospitalized for three weeks. Mrs. Mathieson was also injured in the confrontation.

Exactly one year later, in 1987, Mathieson was awarded a Carnegie Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Mathieson received $2,500 and a bronze medal being his name and a description of his heroic deed.

Drew Mathieson retired from his position as Vice President of R.K. Mellon and Sons in 1998. He continued to serve as Director of Mellon Financial Corporation.

On April 26, 1999, Drew was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Robert Morris University.

Mathieson’s various civic and philanthropic positions and engagements have included, among many others, the Executive Committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Vice President and Governor of the Rolling Rock Club, Director of the Executive Committee of UPMC Health System, Director of UPMC-St. Margaret, Committee of the United Way, and Associate of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.Mathieson at Bucknell

Andrew Wray Mathieson passed away at the age of 72 on February 10, 2001. It was after hearing of his friend’s death that Bill Strickland decided to rename the planned “Harbor Gardens Greenhouse” the Drew Mathieson Center.

Funds and scholarships created in Drew’s honor posthumously include the Andrew Mathieson Award through Pittsburgh’s FAME Fund, The Andrew Wray Mathieson Scholarship at Bucknell University, and the Drew Mathieson Entrepreneurship Fund at the UPMC Cancer Center.

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