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Monday, July 14, 2014

... on the Last Will and Testament for Richard Mellon Scaife

Only two beneficiaries were named. The Brandywine Conservancy and Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, on whose board Scaife sat, will receive the 900-acre Penguin Court estate in Ligonier on which he grew up, named for the 10 penguins that once wandered the grounds.

Scaife tore down the 50-room mansion on the estate in 1966 after his mother's death. The estate is now a nature conservancy and horticultural facility. He left $15 million for upkeep. Scaife had another home, Vallamont, elsewhere in Ligonier, and one in Pittsburgh.

His art collection was divided between the Brandywine Conservancy and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg. The latter gets his paintings by John Kane, a primitivist whose early 20th century Pittsburgh industrial scenes hang in major museums.

Scaife asked that his dogs go to good homes.,0,1766114.story