Death of Robert Swan Robert Swan, director of the Department of Public Works of Pittsburgh, Pa., recently died from heart disease. Until the day before his death he was at his office regularly. He was born in the city of Allegheny in 1859 and received his education at the public schools of the city and finished in the engineering course at the University of Pittsburgh in 1877. Shortly after graduating from college he was elected city engineer of Allegheny. In 1896 he became vice-president and general manager of the F. A. Gillespie Company, contractors, New York City. During the seventeen years he was connected with this company he supervised many engineering projects, including the Aspinwall water filtration plant of the city of Pittsburgh. During the fall of 1913 he was made director of Public Works of Pittsburgh, a position he held at the time of his death.