Jim Wakley passed away on Thursday, at the age of 83.
For years, Wakley ran the McDonough Foundation, which provided grants for community projects.
It was named for Parkersburg philanthropist Bernard McDonough, as was the McDonough Center at Marietta College, which Wakley also supported.
"Every time we had an event at the McDonough farm, or whether Mrs. McDonough gave a dinner at the country club, or we had some kind of major speaker, he was always there," said Steve Bloom, Professor Emeritus at Marietta College. "In the McDonough center, always talking to the students, always wanting to know how they were getting along, and how they liked the program."
Professor bloom doesn't believe the McDonough Center, which opened in 1989, would have happened without Wakley's support.
Funeral arrangements for Wakley are being handled by Leavitt Funeral Home.