May 19, 2014 Last Updated 7:37 am

The owner of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tells readers in column that he has untreatable cancer

The readers of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review were informed on Sunday that its owner, Richard Mellon Scaife, has been told that he has “an untreatable form of cancer.”

scaife-feature“Some who dislike me may rejoice at this news. Naturally, I can’t share their enthusiasm,” Scaife wrote in his column using the byline Dick Scaife.

Scaife, 81, is the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking fortune, and known for his conservative politics, serving as vice chairman of the board of the Heritage Foundation.

In his column, Scaife talked about his love of newspapers, and his hope that newspapers will continue far into the future.

“Newspapering has changed radically since I published my first edition, and I know it will change even more. The decline of some of America’s once-great newspapers in recent years has been profound and surprising,” Scaife.

“Yet I hope newspapers remain the strong guardians of our lives, the crucial source of critical information, that they have always been – because the health, security, freedom and well-being of our communities, our nation, and all of us individually, depend on them.”

  • Catherine Markosky 4 years ago

    This is very sad news. I pray for Mr. Scaife to have a peaceful ending of his long successful, blessed life.