Luthra among city’s ’17 HOF class


WEIRTON — A local medical professional and long-time community volunteer is among the four city residents set to become members of the Weirton Hall of Fame during this year’s induction dinner, scheduled for Aug. 20.

Dr. Juginder K. Luthra has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 class of the hall of fame. He will be inducted under the category of music and fine arts.

Born in India, he obtained his medical degree in 1966 and decided to specialize in ophthalmology, receiving his master’s degree in India and his D.O. in London.

Moving to Weirton in 1975, Luthra operated his private practice from 1976 to 2010.

Along with Dennis Jones, Victor Greco and many others, Luthra was among those who pushed for the creation of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, working to preserve the history of the Weirton community for future generations.

As part of his work with the museum, Luthra has spent several years chairing the committee which organizes the annual Festival of Nations.

He is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights and was active in the formation of the Starvaggi Memorial Park Civic Association, helping to provide upkeep to the community park.

He recently starred in a short film, “Sunflower,” which focuses on aging and memory.

In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, reading, writing prose and poetry, traveling, acting, singing and giving back to the community.

He and his wife, Dolly, have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Other members of this year’s class are Markos “Mike” Apesos, in the category of public service; Norman D. Ferrari Jr., in the category of public service; and Marvin Herbert Levendorf, in the category of philanthropy.

The Hall of Fame dinner will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 20 at the Holiday Inn of Weirton.

Tickets for the induction dinner are on sale now, at a cost of $30 each, and may be obtained at the Weirton Municipal Building, 200 Municipal Plaza, Weirton.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

This will be the ninth induction class for the Weirton Hall of Fame.

Honorees are selected through nominations of those with outstanding accomplishments who have distinguished themselves, for the benefit of the community, in one of six categories: philanthropy; public service; music and fine arts; business, industry and professions; education and religion; and sports and athletics.

To qualify, a nominee must be either a current or former resident of Weirton, having lived in the city for a minimum of five years since 1947.