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Sara Gibbs Casey

December 14, 1949 ~ May 8, 2018 (age 68)

Sara Gibbs Casey (December 14, 1949 – May 8, 2018) after a courageous battle with multiple sclerosis and various cancers. Daughter of Industrialist, John F. Casey, Jr., and Margaret (Nee) Casey of Pittsburgh. Sister of John F. Casey 3rd (d. 2012) and William L. Casey (Lorraine Taylor). Survived by her brother Bill, sons Alexander B. Griffith and Burlton O. Griffith, II (Tara Gainfort). A graduate of Mount Mercy Academy, a classically trained opera singer who studied under Mdm. Juliette Nadia Boulanger, proficient on the piano, guitar and Irish harp; a transfer from The Juilliard School, Sara earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Barnard College (NY); Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, and Master’s and Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from The University of Pittsburgh. Some of Sara’s notable publications include, “The Drummond Missal: A Preliminary Investigation Into Its Historical, Liturgical, and Musicological Significance in Pre-Norman Ireland”, “Climbing the Ivory Tower” and “Songs for The Peregrini”. A lover of horses, gardens and the environment, a resident of Sewickley, she was an adjunct professor of music history at the University of Pittsburgh and, for a time, Director of Development for several non-profit organizations in Sewickley and Pittsburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday May 18th at 10:00 AM in St. James Church, Sewickley. Inurnment private. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to the Audubon Society of Western PA or the Heinz History Center in Sara's memory. Announcement by Copeland’s of Sewickley

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