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Huntington businessman, Marshall benefactor Arthur Weisberg dies

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Arthur Weisberg / Photo courtesy of Marshall University Arthur Weisberg / Photo courtesy of Marshall University

Huntington businessman Arthur Weisberg, who donated millions to Marshall University and its engineering program in recent years, died Nov. 24. He was 88.

Weisberg and his wife, Joan, founded State Electric Supply Co. in Huntington in 1952. The company has grown dramatically over the years to now include 33 branches in five states — West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. He also started Arthur's Enterprises and several other businesses and served on the boards of numerous other companies in West Virginia. Weisberg also was involved in several non-profit and community groups, including the American Foundation for the Blind, the Huntington Area Development Corp. and the local and state chambers of commerce. He also served on the board for the Marshal University Foundation.

Although Weisberg grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from City College of New York, he was dedicated to Marshall University and helped to re-establish the university's engineering program in 2006. In honor of his support, the university named two of its engineering buildings after Weisberg and his family — the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories and the $50 million Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, which had its groundbreaking last month.

"I and the entire Marshall University community are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Arthur Weisberg," Marshall University President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp said Nov. 24. "I consider Art a dear friend and mentor, and I've been so fortunate to have known him. I have especially cherished the time we shared together. 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. 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."