C. Hax McCullough Jr., a writer and supporter of the Pittsburgh Symphony, died on Monday from complications of multiple sclerosis in UPMC Hospital St. Margaret. He was 81. His firm, McCullough Communications, produced the opera’s programs from 1971 to 1991. They also produced publications for the Pittsburgh CLO, the Y Recidal Series, the Mendelsohn Choir, and others. His book, “The Illustrated History of Opera in Pittsburgh,” was published in 2005. He also wrote books on the histories of Pittsburgh companies including Mellon bank, Union Switch and Signal, and Pittsburgh Natural Gas.

McCullough was the oldest of four brothers. His grandfather founded the company McCullough Electric Co. in 1904 now run by his brother George. In 1959, McCullough was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and lost the use of his right arm. He eventually needed a wheelchair to get around, but he still attended concerts and traveled often. He and his wife of 49 years lived in Fox Chapel, and the two of them often hosted musical parties and the Pittsburgh Golf Club as well as attended regular symphony concerts. They raised three sons, Maclom, Christian, and Alexander, all who live out of state. Alexander also has four children that McCullough leaves behind. His funeral will take place on Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church and will be buried in Allegheny Cemetery.

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