CLEVELAND (Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m. ET) — Albert J. Weatherhead III, a longtime Case Western Reserve University benefactor and chairman and CEO of Weatherhead Industries in Twinsburg, Ohio, died Sept. 20 at the age of 86.
Weatherhead died with his wife, Celia, by his side at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
CWRU trustees renamed the college's management school after the Weatherhead family in 1980 following a $3 million donation to the school. Among other gifts, Weatherhead also endowed three faculty positions at the university.
“Al was a brilliant and generous man,” CWRU President Barbara R. Snyder said in a statement. “I am honored to have come to know him the past few years, and grateful for his friendship and insight. The entire Case Western Reserve community mourns his passing, and extends our deepest sympathies to his wife, Celia.”
Weatherhead founded Weatherchem, a maker of dispensing closures, in 1971 when he bought Ankeny Co., a small tooling business in Twinsburg.
The university said in a statement it will publish information regarding memorial services and other tributes once they become available.