Pitt-Bradford has been a land of opportunity for the Satterwhite
family, the first three-generation family in the university’s history to
receive its education here.
the Satterwhites’ connection with Pitt-Bradford started way before any book was
Henry Satterwhite, along with his business partners, was there from the
beginning when a group of men saw the potential of having a regional campus in
was one of many people who were supportive politically and financially,” John
Satterwhite said of his father, the “S” in ESB, well-known initials in Bradford
through the business partnership of Edwards, Satterwhite and Bromeley.
also provided an opportunity for John’64-’65 and Jeanie Mosch Satterwhite’64-’65
and I had begun the Pitt-Bradford experience in its second year of existence, 1964-65,”
Jeanie Satterwhite said, “when it just had a few buildings spread around town.
But we grew to love our school at Hamsher House, my new home in Emery Hall, and
our friends and all of the memories -- without all of the trappings the kids
acknowledges that was a different time, way different than the Pitt-Bradford of
for the future was high, but tainted,” she said. “We were all still stung and
bewildered by the assassination of President Kennedy ten months earlier, when Pitt-Bradford
was just three months old, and I think that disastrous event changed the
perspective of every college student in America for life, in a profound, new
became a close group with many landmark memories of that revolutionary time,
when college students played an unprecedented part in our nation’s history.”
the Satterwhites started a family, and Pitt-Bradford remained a part of their
family. Through their daughter, Margie Brown, and granddaughter, Olivia Austin,
the tradition of receiving a quality education at Pitt-Bradford continued.
Brown attended, the campus had grown since her parents attended, but it wasn’t
nearly as big as it is today.
“Hanley Library was built while I was there,”
Brown said, adding the quality of education she received at Pitt-Bradford was
second to none.
received a solid education,” said Brown, who earned her communications degree
in 1992. By the time Brown came to Pitt-Bradford, the campus was, well, a
campus, Jeanie Satterwhite said.
there are dozens of buildings on campus, a larger complement of academic
programs, and a wide range of student clubs, organizations and athletic
programs, all of which Brown’s daughter, Olivia, was able to take advantage of
until she graduated in April with a degree in criminal justice.
John Satterwhite, an employer in Bradford, he sees a whole other side to
is one of the best things to happen Bradford,” he said.
the Satterwhites realize that Pitt-Bradford is not just mortar and bricks,
citing the arts and cultural activities the university provides for residents
of all ages.
of whether it is a building, a relationship or a memory, the campus will hold a
special place in Satterwhite history.
guess Pitt-Bradford will always be a center point in our family history,”
Jeanie Satterwhite said. “We met here, and we received our education here, and
our daughter and granddaughter received theirs here, also. Bradford is John’s
hometown, and somehow it became mine also, in my heart.”