Pitt endowment honors Adam Obsenica with memorial fund

Last month, we reported on the passing of Adam Obsenica, a senior investment analyst for the University of Pittsburgh’s endowment. Obsenica, who died from complications related to pulmonary surgery, was only 35.

Since then, the team at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Finance has received an “outpouring” of support from people who wanted to do something, said Paul Lawrence, assistant treasurer.

So the team — including Lawrence and Treasurer Amy Marsh — has established The Adam Obsenica Memorial Fund, described this way: “Endowment income will be used to provide support for educational activities for undergraduate students, graduate students or recent graduates of the University of Pittsburgh with an interest in finance and investing. Support may be used for, among other things, internships, tuition, and participation in financial investment programs, seminars or conferences.”

This seems entirely appropriate considering Obsenica’s personality. His colleagues said of him:

“He loved his job and his co-workers in the Office of Finance and delighted in joking with them. He had a contagious laugh that would reverberate across the office. Adam was very interested in finance and investing and loved reading about the markets. His office was notoriously messy, piled with accumulated work-related documents that might be needed later. Despite the apparent disarray, he could always find whatever he needed.

“He had a passion for golf and often played with friends at courses throughout the region. He also enjoyed socializing with friends, visiting casinos, and watching sports – especially Pirates baseball, Penguins hockey, ultimate fighting and boxing. Adam epitomized what it meant to be a great friend and colleague and his presence will be sorely missed.”

Those interested in helping can fill out this Gift Form for the Adam Obsenica Memorial Fund and send it to 128 North Craig Street, Pittsburgh, Penn., 15260, along with a payment to the University of Pittsburgh. For online donations and other ways to give, visit www.giveto.pitt.edu/ways-give. Be sure to indicate your gift is for The Adam Obsenica Memorial Fund.

Photo of Obsenica courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Finance