With the passing of James “Jim” Foley on October 1, 2022, the Lawrenceville Corporation lost its first President and founding Board member.
The City of Pittsburgh recognized Jim as the “Man of the Year” in 1994. Today, we pay tribute to that man, to his dedication to Lawrenceville, and to the path he trod for all the neighborhood advocates that have followed in his footsteps.
Jim was a founding member of the Lawrenceville Business Association and an important part of its eventual merger with Lawrenceville Development Corporation. In 2000, the newly formed Lawrenceville Corporation named Jim as our President.
For over 40 years, Jim had a real estate business on Butler Street called the Gribbin Company. His keen sense of the neighborhood’s real estate and property values were essential to LC’s real estate development throughout his tenure, as was his political savvy and dedication to the positive development of Lawrenceville.
Beyond his foundational work with the Lawrenceville Corporation, Jim will be remembered for his community involvement with the “Golden carriage,” a service which provided transportation for the elderly; the July 4th Fireworks Committee; the holiday lighting committee; and the Catholic Youth Association. He will be remembered as many people knew him then – As the “Mayor of Lawrenceville.”
Thank you for everything, Jim.
Bottom Row: Joe Kelly, Jim Foley, Joe Seabrooke, Jack Rielly
Back Row: Mary Hartley, Jim Nied, Beth Webber, Alan Siger, Jerry Kunic