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Huntington business leader Weisberg dies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Huntington business leader and Marshall University financial donor Art Weisberg has died, according to media reports.

Weisberg died Saturday at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He was 88, the Herald-Dispatch reports.

Weisberg was the founder of State Electric Supply Company in the 1950s, according to the newspaper.

Weisberg is the namesake of Marshall's forthcoming Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, a $50 million, 145,000-square feet building to be located on Third Avenue in Huntington. The complex is under construction.

He told the Gazette in August that he chose to contribute to the complex because he made money and wanted to give back.

"Engineering, to me, is the future of America and West Virginia," he said in August.

Another engineering building at Marshall -- the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories -- is also named for him.

In a statement released Saturday, University President Stephen Kopp said he considered Weisberg a friend and mentor.

"I have especially cherished the time we shared together," Kopp said. "He was never short on kind words and always willing to share his advice and wisdom -- just two of the noble attributes that define this remarkable man. 

"Huntington and the state of West Virginia have lost one of our greatest captains of industry and philanthropy," Kopp said. "Art chose to make Huntington his home and throughout his lifetime here, he was committed to improving the quality of life for its current and future residents. Art and the entire Weisberg family have left an indelible imprint on this university through their support of our academic programs and willingness to give back to the community they so dearly love. 

"Jane and I and all of us at Marshall extend our love and heartfelt prayers to Joan and the entire Weisberg family."

Weisberg's funeral is scheduled for noon today at B'Nai Sholom Congregation, 949 Tenth St., Huntington, according to his obituary. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the start of the service.


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