Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Cordelia Scaife May

A few excerpts from the obituary of Cordelia May, heiress to the Mellon fortune and sister to the infamous Richard Mellon Scaife, financier of the 'vast right-wing conspiracy' (my emphasis throughout):

"Through her foundation, she donated millions to cultural, environmental and population-control organizations and many Pittsburgh area causes.

The Laurel Foundation said in a statement that she 'was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and took great pleasure in entertaining her friends with her skills as an eloquent raconteur. She was a knowledgeable admirer of the flora and fauna of the world and was greatly concerned about the sustainability of the world's ecosystems due to the impact of the growth of population.'"


". . . money did not equal happiness; she named her estate Cold Comfort.

In one of the few interviews she granted, in 1999 she told Robert G. Kaiser of The Washington Post that she and her brother, billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, grew up in an alcoholic household, nurtured by nannies and nurses. 'I don't remember any laughter in that house,' she said. Her mother, Sarah Mellon Scaife, was 'just a gutter drunk. So was Dick. So was I.'"


"She married an old friend, former Allegheny County (Pa.) district attorney Robert W. Duggan in 1973, just before she would have had to answer Internal Revenue Service questions about Duggan, who was under investigation by the IRS and the U.S. attorney for corruption. Less than a year later, on the day he was indicted for tax fraud, Duggan's body was discovered on their property, a shotgun wound in his chest. Police ruled the death either an accident or a suicide.

Mrs. May, who continued to use her first husband's name, believed for years that her estranged brother was involved with Duggan's death. In 1999, she told The Post that she had finally accepted that her husband committed suicide."

Here is the obituary published by Scaife's newspaper. For the racism financed by Cordelia May under the guise of population control, see here. For another mysterious 'suicide' associated with Richard Mellon Scaife, see here and here and here. Given the lives that they lead, it is no wonder that these people are such assholes.