Executive knew value of education, philanthropy
By Jerry Vondas
Published: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Arthur Fidel was a successful insurance executive, attorney and philanthropist who was part of a generation that believed in giving back to help those experiencing difficult times.
“Our father knew what it was like to be poor,” said his daughter, Lieba Rudolph of Squirrel Hill. “He was able with the help of the GI Bill to complete college upon his discharge from the Army at the end of World War II and to receive his law degree from New York University.”
Arthur G. Fidel of Squirrel Hill died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in his home. He was 88.
Upon joining the Rogal Agency in 1955, Mr. Fidel and his business partner, Alvin Rogal, became involved with the Press Old Newsboys Fund for Children's Hospital. Through the years, they raised more than $250,000, which provided the hospital with the money to buy needed equipment, said his daughter, Stephanie Fidel of Newton, Mass.
Mr. Fidel was a newspaper carrier in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., where he delivered the Brooklyn Eagle, a major metropolitan daily. It gave him a sense of what newspapers can accomplish, said his family.
His family recalled how Mr. Fidel, in his later years, became an original trustee of the Charles Morris Charitable Foundation, an organization that provides assistance to Jewish charities, care for the elderly, and encourages education excellence.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Fidel was one of two children in the family of Herman and Lena Fidel.
In 1939, Mr. Fidel, at age 15, graduated from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn. Because he had an “A” average in high school, he was able to enter City College of New York, where he began studies for an engineering degree for free.
In addition to his daughters, Lieba and Stephanie, Mr. Fidel is survived by his wife, Edythe Rogal Fidel, whom he married in 1955; a son, Robert Fidel of Squirrel Hill; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Violet Welles.
A funeral service for Mr. Fidel was held Thursday in Ralph Schugar Chapel in Shadyside.
Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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