80, on Friday, April 7, 2006, of Baldwin Boro. Devoted husband of the late
Alice A. Hyde; loving father of Wendy H. (Pastor John Benigas), John (Indy),
and Susan J. (Rick Katz); grandfather of Jeanette, Johnny, Adam, Michael,
Brittany, Alyssa and Luke; brother of the late Richard Hyde; special friend
of Margaret Herzog. Mr Hyde served as an Officer in the US Navy during
WWII, was a 1949 Yale graduate, Tarzan Enthusiast and Computer Programmer
at US Steel for over 35 years.
Friends will be received at the John
F Slater Funeral Home, 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood
PA Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral services will
be held on Tuesday in Baldwin Community United Methodist Church, chapel
at 11 am, if desired, family suggests contributions to UPMC Montefiore
Palliative Care Program, Suite 933 W 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh
Condolences may be sent to the family via the
Pittsburgh Post Gazette from their website: www.post-gazette.com/gb
B. Hyde / Tarzan fan owned extensive collection
Friday, April 14, 2006
By Linda Wilson Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Clarence B. "Bob" Hyde was one of 13 U.S. Steel
employees selected in 1954 to learn how to program the company's new computer
system. And although most of his professional life would involve computer
programming, his lifelong passion was Tarzan.
"His interest in Tarzan started in 1933 when
he was 8 years old," said his son, John Hyde, of Butler. That's when Mr.
Hyde obtained a Tarzan coloring book and a sweatshirt from the Chicago
World's Fair. It was also the year he saw the movie "King of the Jungle,"
starring Buster Crabbe.
Over 72 years his collection grew to include
many items, including first editions of all the Tarzan books, signed by
author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Mr. Hyde recently donated the collection to
the University of Louisville's Burroughs special collection.
Mr. Hyde, of Baldwin Borough, died last Friday
at UPMC Presbyterian of complications following heart surgery. He was 80.
Born in Warren, Ohio, Mr. Hyde was an officer
in the Navy during World War II and a 1949 graduate of Yale University.
He moved to Baldwin in 1954, when he was tapped for the U.S. Steel computer
training program. When he retired from the steel-making company in 1989,
he was the last of the company's original 13 computer programmers.
His wife, Alice, whom he married in 1951, died
in 1990. Though his children could not approach their father's passion
for all things Tarzan, "we could appreciate it," his son said. The vast
collection undoubtedly could have been sold for a great deal of money,
" but Bob thought it was important that it all be kept as an integral collection
that could be seen by future generations," said Walter Albert of Point
Breeze, his friend for more than 30 years. "One of the great pleasures
of my life was going to his house to view the collection."
In addition to the first edition novels, there
were autographed photographs from every actor who played Tarzan, comic
books and artwork. There are a number of items from Mr. Burroughs,
"who was very generous to his fans, writing letters and signing books,"
Mr. Albert said.
Extensive pictures of the collection, as it
was displayed in the Baldwin home, can be viewed at www.erbzine.com/mag6/0686.html.
The curator of the Burroughs collection at
Louisville, George T. McWhorter, released this statement about Mr. Hyde:
"When a lifelong fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs dies, it's like losing a member
of the family. Bob was always keenly interested and involved in the Burroughs
Bibliophiles, which he co-founded and served as its only president for
45 years. He will always be President Emeritus wherever his spirit roams
in the afterlife."
Besides his son, he is survived by daughters
Susan J. Katz of Hampton and Wendy Benigas of Hubbard, Ohio; seven grandchildren;
and special friend Margaret Herzog of Castle Shannon.
Funeral services were held this week. Arrangements
were by John F. Slater Funeral Home, Brentwood.
The family suggests contributions to the UPMC
Montefiore Palliative Care Program, Suite 933W., 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh
(Linda Wilson Fuoco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 412-263-3064. )
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