Robert Morris alums among those killed in Synagogue shooting

Samuel Anthony, Digital Content Manager

MOON TOWNSHIP — The Robert Morris University community lost one of their own in the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday which took the lives of 11 and injured six others.

Melvin Wax, 88, was a retired accountant, father, grandfather and a 1959 Robert Morris graduate and according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette was leading the shabbat services when the shooting took place.

Robert Morris University president Dr. Christopher B. Howard released a statement on Monday regarding the loss of their alumni.

“We have learned that among those who lost their lives in Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue was 1959 Robert Morris graduate Melvin “Mel” Wax.” read the email “You can learn about Mel’s lifeĀ here. The RMU community grieves for him, his family, and all those who died in Saturday’s atrocity. We will not forget them.”

Ralph Schugar Chapel Inc. will be completing the arrangements for Mr. Wax.

Visitation will start at 11 a.m. this Wednesday at the Ralph Schugar Chapel and services will follow at 1 p.m.

UPDATE Oct. 31 12:32 pm

It was discovered by the University today that yet another former alumni was a victim in Saturday’s mass shooting. Irvin Younger attended classes at Robert Morris’ former downtown campus in the 1960’s.

In an email sent to faculty, staff, students and trustees, Robert Morris president Dr. Christopher B. Howard said “We grieve for him, for Mel, and for all those who are gone and whose lives they touched. I know that includes some of you on this campus. They are not forgotten, and along with the rest of the Pittsburgh community, Robert Morris University will show that we are stronger than hate.”


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