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James A. Salsgiver

March 9, 1943 — November 26, 2021

James A. Salsgiver of Sarver, born March 9th, 1943 in Kittanning, passed away peacefully in his home of Parkinson's disease on November 26, 2021. He graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor Degree in Physics in 1965; a Masters Degree in Materials Science from the University of Illinois in 1967; and completed a Summer course in Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1980.

In 1968 he accepted a position as a Research Metallurgist for Allegheny Ludlum-Allegheny Technologies, Inc. He subsequently developed multiple stainless steel patents for them. He was Director of Product Research and Development when he retired in 2003. He has been Chairman of ASM International-Technical Programming Board (2000-2002); Chairman of Stainless Steel Industry of North America (SSINA)-Marketing Committee (2003). He was well respected internationally in the metallurgical community.

He enjoyed playing volleyball, growing beautiful flowers, watching sports on TV and traveling extensively nationally and internationally.

He was proceeded in death by his son, Jeffrey Salsgiver, his mother Marie and his father Harold Salsgiver. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of 58 years, his son Loren (Lisa) Salsgiver, and daughter Amy (Mike) Pietrolaj, his grandchildren David, Julie, and Andrew Salsgiver, Autumn Ohl, and Ava Pietrolaj, his sister Kathy Cox and brother Dennis(Norma) Salsgiver.

Burial will be private.

Although not a veteran himself, donations can be made in his honor to the worthy charity Tunnel to Towers Foundation @

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