Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96.
She died at an area nursing home, said Joseph Mistick, Masloff's longtime friend and former top aide.
Masloff took office in May 1988 after the death of Richard S. Caliguiri, and she served until January 1994.
She good-naturedly described herself as an "old Jewish grandmother" and promised when she took office to be at work by 8 a.m. every day except Tuesdays when, she said, "I get my hair done."