Graham John “Jocko” III 42, of Jefferson Hills, passed away suddenly on April 12, 2017. Jocko is survived by his beloved Wife of 17 years, Jana Agostini Graham; Children Andrew, Annmarie, and Katherine; Mother, Patricia Callahan Graham; Sisters, Cary (Dale) Fletcher and Kristy (James) Merritt; Parents-in-law Lee and Janice Agostini; Brothers-in-law, Thomas Agostini and Daniel (Dawn) Agostini; Aunt, Sandy Holler; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, John Graham, II.

Jocko was the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. He was appointed by the Governor as a Member of the Aviation Advisory Committee of Pennsylvania, served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Jefferson Memorial Park, a Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, a Member of the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Member of the National Business Aviation Association. He was also an advisor and agent for All Pittsburgh Real Estate LLC.

As a young man, Jocko earned his Eagle Scout designation. He became a private pilot at the age of 16, and later achieved a commercial license, with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He was looking forward to starting his Certified Flight Instructor training. He volunteered as a Classroom Instructor with Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, and as an assistant coach for many of his childrens’ sports teams. Jocko has been an active member of the South Hills YMCA Y-Princess program since 2013 and held the position of Chief of the West Jefferson Hills Hopi tribe as “Chief Broad Wings” with his two princesses, Annmarie “Sparkling Wings” and Katie “Babbling Brook”.

Memorial contributions may be made to PIA Memorial Scholarship Fund using the form on this page.


jocko-buttonMr. Graham demonstrated the very highest values in business and was known for his kindness and compassion toward all students and staff of PIA. His love for aviation and education will be his legacy, and he will be sorely missed by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics community.

Mr. Graham’s exemplary leadership was instilled in his colleagues and management team, whom he proudly entrusted with fulfilling the mission of PIA. While his absence will deeply affect each of us individually, his vision for the education we provide, his commitment to high-quality operations, and his unwavering support for the career success of our graduates and alumni will be carried forth by our administrative team, our campus leaders, and each member of our faculty and professional staff.

Mr. Graham will be fondly remembered as a life-long advocate of aviation, a champion of the maintenance and technical careers that are so essential to the aeronautics industry, and a gracious member of many professional and charitable organizations. Our extended PIA family of faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni are shaken by this sudden loss of our friend, colleague and mentor, but each of us will take solace in the opportunity we have to honor John Graham’s legacy and vision in our daily work.

Suzanne Markle, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer