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Robert Guy Peluso

On February 15, 2024, Robert Guy “Bob” Peluso (85) passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Bob was renowned in the mining industry for his expertise regarding mine safety and played an important role in that arena whether it be for dust monitoring, toxic exposure for uranium miners, mine fires, mine rescue or accident investigations. Peluso received a B.S. in Mining Engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961. This was followed by a master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene also from Pitt. He began working with the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1961, before transitioning to the Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA). At MSHA, he was chief of Pittsburgh Health Technology Center. His world travels for mine safety included being sent to Mexico City in 1985 by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to aid in the rescue and recovery of survivors following a devasting earthquake. Over the years he received many acclamations and awards including the PCMIA President’s Service Award and the Donald S. Kingery Memorial Award, which is based on the  recipient’s overall career impact on mine safety and health. He was a lifetime member of the National Mine Rescue Association. Bob retired from MSHA after 36 years in 1997 and continued to work in the mining industry on a consulting basis sharing his expertise with many companies including Draeger North America. Bob was a scholar, scientist, rescuer, inventor, world traveler, conversationalist, storyteller, Pitt Panther fan, winemaker, jokester, leader, and listener. He was non-judgmental and endlessly supportive; impeccable with his word and generous with his time. A brilliant mind and a fierce heart, he will be missed by everyone who knew him.