Arthur Douglas Baldwin, II, age 85, passed away Oct.27th after a valiant battle against prostate cancer. The world has lost a dedicated public servant, committed civic leader, and loving husband and father. Many will miss his steady, quiet guiding hand.
Arthur (Art) is survived by his wife of 60 years Margot (nee Farr), four daughters, Laura Baldwin-Wortman (Charles Wortman) of New Canaan, CT , Gwenn Baldwin (Judith Gray) of Portland, OR, Heidi Baldwin of Kirtland Hills, OH, Todd Baldwin Cochran (Dale Cochran, II) of Dallas, TX and eight grandchildren, Paul Wortman, Alex Wortman, Sara Wortman, Taylor Miller, Chase Miller, Dale Cochran, III, Claire Cochran and Hannah Cochran. In addition, he is also survived by his sister Lee B. Dalzell (Robert Dalzell) of New York City and numerous nephews and nieces.
Art graduated from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT and Yale University (Class of '55.) He served as a 2nd Lt. in the 4th Armored division in Fort Hood, TX. His working career began at Cleveland Graphite Bronze (now Clevite) followed by several companies of his own including Protective Chemicals (a rustproofing firm) and Arthur Treacher's franchises. He co-founded Patrick-Douglas, a firm that specialized in finding new management positions for displaced executives, and he finally formed Artgo Inc., an executive search firm specializing in mid-level management.
More important, Art served The Village of Waite Hill for over 50 years, first on the Village Council and then for 46 years as Mayor, the longest tenure in Lake County history and the longest continuous service in Ohio. His philanthropic leadership included board member and past president of Vocational Guidance Services (VGS,) where he was a recipient of the Herbert E. Strawbridge Lifetime Achievement Award and represented the 3rd generation of his family to aid this organization; he was also a long serving board member and past president of The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, OH.
Art was a decades-long member and past president of The Tavern Club, and a past board member and president of The Kirtland Country Club, which his family helped found.
As for his passions, they were the five women in his life (or six if you count the dog), his lobster boat cruiser Dasbote, and golf... not always in that order!
Private Interment in the Waite Hill Cemetery was held. A celebration of this beloved mua Ali'i will take place at 3 p.m. on December 2, 2017 at The Kirtland Country Club. Donations in his honor may be made to VGS, 2239 E. 55th St., Cleveland, 44103-4451, The Fine Arts Assoc., 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094 or The Waite Hill Foundation, 7555 Eagle Rd., Waite Hill, OH 44094.