Mary C. Regan
*Feb. 12, 1934 - Dec. 20, 2008
The Steelers family lost one of its most beloved members when Mary Regan died this past Saturday of a brain aneurysm. She was 74.
Ms. Regan, of Mt. Lebanon, was Art Rooney Sr.'s personal secretary, and managed the Steelers front office for nearly 50 years. She began working with the Steelers upon graduating high school in 1952 and remained with the team until she retired at the end of 2000. During her career, Ms. Regan handled a wide variety of team and player-related responsibilities and became a close friend to all within the organization.
"She was a very, very special person who truly cared about other people and put other peoples' needs before her own. She was a beautiful lady," said former Steelers Director of Communications Joe Gordon, who worked with Ms. Regan for many years.
"Mary was the nicest person and always had a great attitude," said former Steelers running back/running backs coach Dick Hoak, who worked with the team for 45 years. "She was pleasant with everybody. She would get so many calls and treated everyone she spoke to like she had known them for years."
"I never saw anything but a smile on her face, and she always greeted me with a warm 'hello'," said Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle Joe Greene. "Everyone spoke that way about Mary."
Born on Pittsburgh's North Side, Ms. Regan truly became a member of the Steelers family when Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney married her sister, Patricia.
Ms. Regan is survived by her mother, Mary Duffy Regan of Mt. Lebanon; sisters Patricia Rooney, Evelyn O'Brien, Geraldine Glenn, Rita Heberle, Joan Regan and Irene Hill; and brothers Martin, Thomas and John.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to St. Bernard's Angel Fund, 401 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228.