University of Pittsburgh

Marshall P. Katz, Board of Visitors Member and former CEO of Papercraft Corporation, Dies

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Marshall P. Katz, a member of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration Board of Visitors, died on July 18 at the age of 77. He was the former president and CEO of Papercraft Corporation, the household consumer products company his family founded. Marshall P. Katz, Board of Visitors Member and former CEO of Papercraft Corporation, Dies

The University of Pittsburgh’s business school is named after his father, Joseph M. Katz, who in 1987 gave $10 million, what was then the largest gift in the University’s 200-year history, to establish the school in his name.  

“Marshall was an enthusiastic supporter of the business school and our students,” says Arjang A. Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean of the Katz school and undergraduate College of Business Administration. “He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.”  

Katz retired from Papercraft in 1989 and dedicated his life to the arts. He served on the boards of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Mr. Katz and his sister, Andrea McCutcheon, helped fund the Agnes M. Katz Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh in honor of their mother.

Katz was also an avid art collector. He collected modern and contemporary art and decorative and fine art objects. His collection of 19th century Palissy ceramics was considered to be one of the best in the world. 

Katz is survived by his wife, Wallis Katz; his sister, Andrea McCutcheon; and his daughter, Lauren S. Katz.