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Louis A. Pingel

October 29, 1938 - November 15, 2021


Obituary For Louis A. Pingel

Age 83, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Beloved husband of 54 years to Marilyn Pingel; loving father of Matthew L. Pingel and Laura M. (Nathan) Hartke; proud grandpa of Jenna, Abigail, and Jacob; brother of Kurt (Alberta) and the late Gordon (survived by Vi); brother in law of Connie Sutherland. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Louis worked for over 40 years at the University of Pittsburgh in the School of Education as a Graduate Professor of Statistics and an Associate Dean. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Funeral services will be held in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 418 Maxwell Drive, Whitehall at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or the American Lung Association of PA, 810 River Road #140, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

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  • I just saw that Lou Pingel has died. He was pne of my favorite colleagues at Pitt. Always good for a laugh and a clever joke. He was a quality academic in a difficult School. Karen K. Block

  • Dr. Pingel was a marvel of a human being and a wonderful teacher. He calmly and competently mentored so many of us through our initial bouts with statistics! May he rest in 'power.'

  • Lou was so kind to all of us and modest about his fame as a gifted teacher and administrator. I really admired him. Mary Margaret Kerr

  • My sympathy to Dr. Pingel's family. He was my admired teacher and a supportive advisor on several doctoral committees that I shared. He was always clear and focused and able to make the complex accessible. I will always appreciate his wisdom and guidance. Linda Kucan, Professor University of Pittsburgh

  • I was deeply saddened to learn of Louis' passing. He was one of my favorite professors in graduate school. He was a fabulous professor who made statistics interesting. Rest in peace Dr. Pingel. Darlene Tartaglione

  • Dr. Pingel was an unofficial and yet most helpful advisor on my dissertation back in 1991. We became friends throughout my enrollment in Stats I, II, and III, believe it or not. There were two other "Sues" as classmates and we became Sue I, Sue II, and Sue III. He actually gave us beautiful handmade mugs with our respective names as graduation gifts! When I visited Lou at his office, he prepared for a student conversation by removing a tiny wad of gum and putting it in his top desk drawer. He also gave me a brilliant idea for my research methodology and a simple ranking turned out to be one of the most interesting findings of my dissertation research. We introduced Lou to Original Hotdogs French fries with cheese sauce for dipping. I don't think he became a big fan, he probably considered the probability of morbid obesity within a year with too many visits to the "O." I admired Lou's measured way of speaking. I made myself speak the same way during my final defense, which I passed with only minor revisions. To Lou's family, please know how much he was liked and admired by his students, I shall always remember his humor, his help and support, and his kindness.