PITTSBURGH, PA, DECEMBER 17, 2001 – Mark Laskow of Pittsburgh has been elected President of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, the private operating foundation established by Andrew Carnegie to recognize outstanding civilian heroism in the United States and Canada.

A member of the Commission since 1993 and currently serving on its finance and executive committees, the latter of which he has chaired since 1998, Mr. Laskow succeeds Robert W. Off, who held the office since 1979. The Commission has had only six presidents in its 98-year history.

Mr. Laskow is chief executive officer of Greycourt & Co., Inc., Pittsburgh, an independent investment advisor. Previously, he was affiliated with The Hillman Company, Pittsburgh, where he was vice president and director, and he was also an associate with Reed Smith, Pittsburgh.

Mr. Laskow’s other civic commitments include serving as trustee of Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, and the hospital’s foundation, of which he was named chairman earlier this year. He is a member of the executive committee of UPMC Health System, a director of Children’s Hospital, and a trustee of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, all of Pittsburgh, and he serves on the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative. Mr. Laskow is capital campaign co-chair for the Creative and Performing Arts High School of the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Laskow is a graduate of The Hill School, Pottstown, Pa., and he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife Lisa are parents of two sons.

Established in 1904, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awards the CARNEGIE MEDAL to those who risk their lives saving or attempting to save the lives of others. To date, 8,558 awards have been given, as has $25.3 million in grants, scholarship aid, and continuing assistance to the awardees or their survivors.

Previous presidents of the Commission are: Charles L. Taylor, 1904-1922; W. J. Holland, 1923-1932; Thomas S. Arbuthnot, 1932-1956; Charles A. McClintock, 1957-1967; Stewart McClintic, 1968-1978, and Robert W. Off, 1979-2001.