Wesleyan benefactor John M. Law passes away; leaves legacy

A major West Virginia Wesleyan College benefactor and distinguished alumnus recently passed away. John M. Law of Atlanta, Ga, died September 10, 2013, at the age of 95. Born in Wheeling, he was the son of Maude Lininger Law and Clyde Otis Law.

Law was a 1940 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He was the first West Virginia graduate of the Harvard Business School. Law was the lead donor for the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, naming the building after his first wife Virginia Thomas Law. He received an Alumni Service and Achievement Award in 2007.

He served five years in the U.S. Navy including service during the World War II and was discharged as lieutenant commander. John went to Atlanta in 1953 as the general agent for Northwestern Mutual and established their office in Atlanta serving the Southeast. He continued to build its reach and presence until his retirement in 1978.

John served as president of the Atlanta Life Underwriters Association; the Atlanta chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters; the Atlanta General Agents and Managers Association; the Northwestern Mutual Life Association of Agents; and was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table. As a member of Northside United Methodist Church, John served as the chairman of the Administrative Board and the Board of Trustees and was a member of the Finance Committee. He was a charter member of the Commerce Club and a Life member of the Atlanta Athletic Club.