William Weinberg, developer, foundation trustee

April 29, 1994|By David Michael Ettlin and Laura Lippman | David Michael Ettlin and Laura Lippman,Sun Staff Writers

William Weinberg, a Baltimore real estate developer who was one of five trustees of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, died Wednesday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 82.

A quiet man who taught his children the importance of giving, Mr. Weinberg did not seek publicity about his philanthropy.

But when his billionaire brother, Harry, died in 1990 and left most of his estate to the charitable foundation -- one of the nation's largest -- William Weinberg became well known as one of its trustees.

In its latest annual report, issued last month, the Weinberg Foundation reported gifts totaling $44 million to programs and charities in Baltimore, in other states and in Israel.

William Weinberg was born in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, moving to the United States with his family in 1912. They settled in Southwest Baltimore, and his father opened an automobile tire, body and fender shop near Camden Station.

All five Weinberg children worked and learned the rudiments of business.

William remained with the shop -- Camden Tire at Paca and Pratt streets -- until he entered the Navy in 1941. He was assigned to military intelligence work in Washington during World War II.

In Baltimore after the war, Mr. Weinberg began his career in commercial real estate and eventually owned many properties in the area.

Charity was an important part of Mr. Weinberg's life even before he became a trustee of a $900 million foundation.

"He gave even when he didn't even have it," said his son, Stevan Weinberg of Pikesville. "Through the years he made a success of himself, and he taught us to be charitable people."

"He was a very caring, compassionate and righteous man, and he was always concerned about people in need," said Darrell Friedman, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. "He was respected by everyone in the community for his values, for what he stood for. He left that legacy not only to his children and grandchildren, but to the entire community.

He will also be remembered through the William and Irene Weinberg Foundation, which has been established to honor him and his wife of 52 years, with their children and grandchildren as trustees, Stevan Weinberg said.

Under terms of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation charter, William will be succeeded as a trustee by Baltimore lawyer Shale D. Stiller.

In addition to his duties on the foundation board, Mr. Weinberg was a member of the board of the Jewish Community Federation, and he had been on the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center's board.

Services were held yesterday at Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

In addition to his son, Mr. Weinberg is survived by his wife, the former Irene Harris; two brothers, foundation trustee Nathan Weinberg of Baltimore and David Weinberg of North Miami Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Toba Grant of Pikesville; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to The Associated, the Jill Fox Memorial Fund in care of The Associated and the Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

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