John Edward Aderhold

August 14, 1925August 10, 2011


Date of Birth: August 14, 1925, in Atlanta, Georgia. Deceased: August 10, 2011 Parents: John E. Aderhold, Sr. and Mary Petty Aderhold

Graduated Tech High School in 1942. Received a BSEE degree from Georgia Tech, as well as a MSIE degree also from Tech. Served in the U. S. Navy from 1950 to 1952. His career began at Scripto, lnc., Atlanta, Georgia, and at Scripto Pens, Ltd. In London, England. He was President of Rayloc, Division of Genuine Parts Company and then became Rayloc's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Upon his retirement from Rayloc, he kept busy with involvement at the Intermet Corporation, the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta, until he formed his own development company, Aderhold Properties, specializing In converting historic buildings into loft apartments. He served as a Director on many Boards, including Atlanta Streetcar, lnc., The Atlanta Falcons, Bankhead Enterprises, Technology Park/ Atlanta, The University Financing Foundation to mention a few. He was a member for many years at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, of Cherokee Town & Country Club, the Georgia Correctional Industries, Georgia Freight Bureau, was past president of the Georgia Tech Foundation as well as the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, received Tech's 1989 Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and was on Tech's National Advisory Board. He was the past president of Junior Achievement of Atlanta, served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Shepherd Spinal Center, was a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club, Peachtree Golf Club, United Way, and the Boy Scouts. As the Authority Chairman of the Georgia World Congress Center, was instrumental in the building of the Georgia Dome. Along the same lines, as a birthday gift to his wife, Helen, who graduated from GSU in 1976, John gave a monetary gift to Georgia State University to build the Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center. John received numerous awards over the years - "Special Recognition" from the Atlanta Business League, Atlanta Rotary Club's "Armin Maler Award", the Business Hall of Fame from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dan Sweat Award from Central Atlanta Progress, The Degree of Doctors of Arts & Letters from Georgia State University, Business Hall of Fame from Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business and Bank of America, Hyatt Regency Atlanta's Shining Star Award, Junior Achievement's Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, NAIOP's Carter Mathis Award, was one of The Foundation of Wesley Woods' Heroes, Saints & Legends, and the Visionary Award from Atlanta Business Chronicle. The family extends thanks to Dr. Byron Williams, Kara Botters and their staff who helped the family over the past couple of years with their medical knowledge, wisdom, and patience, The ICU 21 and CCU 41 units are Emory Mid-Town are to be commended for their attention during John's stays. John is survived by his wife, Helen, of 64 years, their son, Tom (Kay) Aderhold, Atlanta, Georgia; two granddaughters, Jennifer Lacee Aderhold of Atlanta, Georgia, Casey (Thomas) Ritchey, Hoover, Alabama, and two great grandchildren, Preston Thomas Ritchey and Eva Claire Ritchey; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Parrish, and her son, Paul, of Bradenton, Florida; a beloved and devoted cousin, Betty (Tom) Lamb, niece Beth (Tim) Malanoski and their children, Morgan, John and Caitlin, a nephew, Chris, (Tammy) Rowden, and their children, Zachary, Matthew, Allie, and Peter. A celebration of John's life will be held at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta, on Monday, August 15, 2011, at 11:00 AM. The family will receive visitors after the service from 12:00 until 2:00 PM at the Church. Interment will be private for the family at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center, Emory Hospital Mid-Town, 550 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Online condolences may be made at



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Marcy V. Queen

November 8, 2011

John E. Aderhold was my twin Lindsey Queen and I (Marcy Queen's) great uncle. He has provided for us to become anything we ever wanted to be as long as we put our minds to it. We remember all the times he came over for the holidays, we loved it and remember it well. We love you and we are who we are today and we are who we will be, which is something great because of you. Condolences to the rest of the family.

Edet Unanaowo

August 16, 2011

My prayers are with the family and friends of John E. Aderhold. I am a Senior at GSU and one of my favorite buildings to attend classes is Aderhold becuase of the structure of the building and it is near my favorite resturaunts.

Eleanor (Aderhold) Andrews-Selsor

August 15, 2011

With my deepest sympathy, Cousin Eleanor(Aderhold)Andrews Selsor-Barnesville,GA

August 15, 2011

With my deepest sympathy, Eleanor Claire (Aderhold) Andrews Selsor Barnesville, GA

Bruce Lanehart

August 15, 2011

Sincerest sympathies on John’s passing. It was truly special to work with him on The Business Park’s development, and assist in bringing it to fruition. His love for you Helen and his projects was exemplary.

I will always remember him at our New York presentation, bringing out cards for his many affiliations, and displaying them on the table to close funding. Our mouths dropped with his very special presentation that sealed the funding.

While we all will miss his presence, his inspiring and dynamic personality and wit will be with us always.

Dave Wardell

August 15, 2011

John Aderhold was a proud man of distinction, who exemplified dedication and discipline, with unwaivering integrity in all endeavors, as well as in his everyday life. I found him to be witty, confident, and always making an impact as he spoke so profoundly. John was a role model for the Downtown community, and was looked upon with the greatest respect. He left a great legacy. John will be missed and remembered fondly.

James & Karen Moore

August 13, 2011

Our condolences to Mr. Aderhold's family. He will long be remembered by the Rayloc drivers for his integrity and sense of humor.


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Bob Harwell

August 13, 2011

John was a great man and total citizen of Atlanta. My thoughts are with the family.

Jabari Simama

August 13, 2011

This man touched my life and always treated me with upmost dignity. I enjoyed working with John on the Georgia Dome. See you in the future in that golden dome in the sky.