A fitting tribute

Many of the students and other members of the community who enter the main building on the Steubenville campus of Eastern Gateway Community College never had the opportunity to meet Arthur D’Anniballe, but each is touched in some way by his legacy.

The vision, dedication and hard work demonstrated by D’Anniballe were critical components that led to the construction of the school along Sunset Boulevard. His efforts were recognized Monday with the dedication of the Arthur J. D’Anniballe Academic Building.

It’s an appropriate honor for D’Anniballe, who was a founding board member of what was originally known as Jefferson County Technical Institute, and who was instrumental in acquiring the land where the main building now sits.

D’Anniballe served on that board for 26 years, with 19 of those years as chair. He also was a founding member of the school’s foundation and was a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Trusteeship Award from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

He was a lifelong resident of Steubenville, a graduate of Ohio State University and the founder of the D’Anniballe and Co. Inc. certified public accounting firm. Those who gathered in the courtyard in front of the building for Monday’s short ceremony remembered D’Anniballe, who died on Dec. 16, 2010, at the age of 84, as a person who cared deeply about the community and its residents.

“He had a vision to help individuals get a technical education, and, eventually, a college education, because he cared enough to bring this all together,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham, who also serves as EGCC’s interim dean of academics. “He did it because he cared about people, and he cared about Jefferson County.”

D’Anniballe’s contributions are detailed on a plaque that is mounted on a wall near an entryway. Soon, according to EGCC President Jimmie Bruce, the building’s new name will be displayed on the side that faces John Scott Highway.

That recognition will be a fitting tribute to — and an important reminder of — D’Anniballe’s commitment to the school and our community.

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