Remembering Darcy Tannehill

On April 21, The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management lost a beloved board member and friend.  A long-time advocate for The Bayer Center since its inception, Darcy Tannehill was diagnosed in 2012 with light chain amyloidosis, a rare and incurable disease. She became a tireless advocate for amyloidosis research, chairing the Pittsburgh Amyloidosis Research Benefit in 2016 and joining the Amyloidosis Foundation Board of Directors in 2017.  We are so glad to have known her, and miss her terribly.

Obituary – Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Apr. 24

Darcy Tennehill, age 59, of South Fayette Twp., passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Born on May 14, 1958, in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph Bartins and Ileane (Roy) Bartins-Yerman; beloved mother of Courtney Sullivan and Dr. Adam Sullivan; cherished Gigi of Alaina Sullivan. She leaves behind many friends and loved ones that she has inspired and held so dearly in her heart. Dr. Tannehill was also predeceased by her husband, Dr. Norman B. Tannehill, Jr.; her father-in-law, Dr. Norman B. Tannehill, Sr.; her mother-in-law, Maxine Hart Tannehill; and her stepfather, Joseph Yerman. Darcy fought courageously and passionately against amyloidosis, a disease with which she lived since diagnosis in April 2012, even though it had been a much longer fight. This passion led her to begin the annual Pittsburgh Amyloidosis Research Benefit in 2016 and recently create the Dr. Darcy B. Tannehill Amyloidosis Research and Education Fund through the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. Darcy was already planning the 3rd annual Pittsburgh Amyloidosis Research event that will still be held, now in her honor, on October 26, 2018. She was a board member of the national Amyloidosis Foundation and active in patient support throughout the Amyloidosis community. Her goal was to fight and see a cure for this horrific disease, but her legacy will live on through the education she’s provided others in not only early diagnosis, but in management and care. Darcy worked fulltime during her entire illness as an administrator and associate professor at Robert Morris University and taught online at many other institutions throughout the country. Darcy was also an avid animal rescuer and lover. She and her late husband, Norm, worked with the Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue to rescue 12 shelties and give them the best lives possible. In addition to the dogs, Darcy dedicated a small portion of her yard for bird feeders and corn cobs for the birds, squirrels, and deer. Darcy graduated high school from West Allegheny High School, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Duquesne University, and earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue (, or to the national Amyloidosis Foundation (