Connie Bernt remembers her husband Benno

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Jun 23, 2020

Connie Bernt remembers her husband Benno, who died June 18, 2020 following a stroke. A WQED and Pittsburgh Symphony board member, Benno was born in 1931 in Bielitz, Austria now part of Poland. He met his wife Connie as her accompanist when she sang Ave Maria at a wedding. Benno studied at CMU as a graduate business student at age 22. He later was the CFO of National Steel, President of Rayovac Battery, served in management at Whirlpool where he invented the trash compactor, Chrysler Corporation, Thomas Organ Company and he founded the Technology Transfer Office at CMU.  With Connie, he founded the "Friends of The PSO." Benno was a terrific pianist and doublebass player having studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Benno Bernt held a degree from the Technical Research and Teaching Institute of Vienna where he also earned a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Commerce in Vienna, Austria.

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