Vil­lage re­mem­bers long­time mayor

Bald­win left legacy of ‘self­less­ness’

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Betsy Scott bscott@news-her­ @re­porter­betsy on Twit­ter

The Waite Hill com­mu­nity and be­yond is mourn­ing the loss of for­mer mayor Arthur D. Bald­win II.

Bald­win died Oct. 27 at age 85 af­ter a “valiant” bat­tle against prostate can­cer, the fam­ily said.

Bald­win served as mayor 46 years be­fore re­tir­ing in 2012. He started out on Vil­lage Coun­cil — the four years prior — and had the long­est tenure as mayor in the his­tory of Lake County and the long­est con­tin­u­ous ser­vice in the state.

“Ev­ery res­i­dent of the vil­lage is a ben­e­fi­ciary of his 50 years of ser­vice,” said cur­rent Mayor Bob Ranallo, who suc­ceeded Bald­win. “We lost a gi­ant. He was an ex­cep­tional man.”

Ranallo knew Bald­win for about 25 years, be­gin­ning with their ser­vice on the board of The Fine Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in Wil­loughby, of which Bald­win was past pres­i­dent.

When asked what legacy Bald­win leaves, Ranallo said, “His self­less­ness, his will­ing­ness to work tire­lessly be­hind the scenes and, if I had to put it one sen­tence, his ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to mak­ing Waite Hill the great com­mu­nity that it is. That’s Art Bald­win.”

His lead­er­ship also in­cluded board mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of Vo­ca­tional Guid­ance Ser­vices, where he was a re­cip­i­ent of the Her­bert E. Straw­bridge Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

Af­ter his ini­tial elec­tion in 1966, Bald­win ran un­op­posed in ev­ery may­oral race. At the time of his re­tire­ment from of­fice, he said he was most proud of the con­ti­nu­ity of his com­mu­nity.

“I think when peo­ple tell me, ‘Gee, Waite Hill has not changed in 50 years,’ that’s an ac­com­plish­ment to me,” he said.

He only took a salary of $1 as mayor un­til PERS rules changed, re­quir­ing a min­i­mum pay, said Con­cord Town­ship Trustee Christo­pher Gal­loway, who is close to the fam­ily.

“In typ­i­cal Art Bald­win fash­ion, On Dec. 31 there was al­ways an anony­mous do­na­tion to the vil­lage that just hap­pened to be the

“Ev­ery res­i­dent of the vil­lage is a ben­e­fi­ciary of his 50 years of ser­vice. We lost a gi­ant. He was an ex­cep­tional man.” — Cur­rent Waite Hill Mayor Bob Ranallo

amount of his salary,” said Gal­loway, who called him a “ti­tan of Lake County.”

“I first met Art in 1996. I was just a young man work­ing for the Ohio House Repub­li­can Cau­cus. … He was a men­tor and a com­mu­nity leader to so many peo­ple. He was al­ways there with good ad­vice, es­pe­cially for young pub­lic of­fi­cials and busi­ness peo­ple.”

Wil­loughby Mayor David An­der­son said he had a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Bald­win for 26 years.

“Art Bald­win was a true gen­tle­man,” he said. “In any con­ver­sa­tion, po­lit­i­cal or oth­er­wise, Art could al­ways be counted on to be the voice of rea­son. He was a great leader and he’ll be missed here in Lake County.”

Bald­win grad­u­ated from Yale Univer­sity and served as a sec­ond lieu­tenant in the 4th Ar­mored di­vi­sion in Fort Hood, Texas. He worked at Cleve­land Graphite Bronze (now Cle­vite) fol­lowed by sev­eral com­pa­nies of his own, in­clud­ing Pro­tec­tive Chem­i­cals and Arthur Treacher’s fran­chises.

He also co­founded Patrick-Dou­glas, a firm that spe­cial­ized in find­ing new man­age­ment po­si­tions for dis­placed ex­ec­u­tives, and formed Artgo Inc., an ex­ec­u­tive search firm spe­cial­iz­ing in mid-level man­age­ment.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 60 years, Mar­got, four daugh­ters and eight grand­chil­dren.

In­ter­ment in the Waite Hill Ceme­tery was pri­vate. A celebration of his life will take place Dec. 2 at The Kirt­land Coun­try Club, which his fam­ily helped found.

Do­na­tions in his honor may be made to VGS, 2239 E. 55th St., Cleve­land, 44103-4451; The Fine Arts As­so­ci­a­tion, 38660 Men­tor Ave., Wil­loughby, 44094; or The Waite Hill Foun­da­tion.


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