September 25, 1944 – March 6, 2019
Arthur A. Angotti, Jr. passed away on March 6th after a ten-month battle with cancer. He was 74.
Born on September 25, 1944 in Gary, Indiana, Art grew up in a large and loving Italian-American family . His parents, Art Sr. and Pauline (Jannott) Angotti owned and operated Art’s Quality Bakery and a catering business in Gary. The Angottis were great cooks and from those early years Art developed a lifelong appreciation of good food.
A 1962 graduate of Gary Horace Mann High School, Art was an outstanding athlete. The Horace Mann football team (which Art quarterbacked ) was the Northern Indiana High School Conference and City Champs in 1961. He also ran track and was the 1962 Indiana State Track Champion in the mile. He continued running track as a scholarship athlete at Indiana University.
At IU, Art was president and treasurer of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity where he formed friendships that have lasted a lifetime. A business major, his entrepreneurial skills developed early. IU undergraduate ventures included companies that offered travel packages and final week survival kits for students. He received a B.S. degree in business in 1966.
While an undergraduate, Art was a member of ROTC and was recognized with the Distinguished Military Student Award. He served as a First Lieutenant in an armored cavalry unit in Viet Nam where he was wounded. He was decorated with a Bronze Star for Valor, a Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal.
After serving in Viet Nam, he returned to IU to pursue an MBA degree. During graduate school, he married his college sweetheart, Barbara Weihmiller. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January of this year.
Art began his business career in Philadelphia working for a venture capital firm. He returned to Indianapolis in 1972 to work for Indiana National Bank in mergers, acquisitions, and financial services. He left the bank to form Heritage Management Inc., a financial consulting firm. Later, he formed Heritage Venture Group and four venture capital funds which provided start-up financing for high-tech and other businesses. In addition, Art was the founder and president of Indianapolis Cablevision Company, an executive vice president of Syndicate Glass, a director of Indianapolis Cellular Telephone Company, and an associate professor of finance at Butler University.
Art was the founder, president, and CEO of Artistic Media Partners . AMP owned and operated 20 radio stations around the country as well as operating the flagship stations for IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame Sports Radio Networks. He was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2008.
An avid sports fan, Art led the drive to bring a professional baseball team, The Indianapolis Arrows, to Indianapolis. He was a consultant for the owner of the Oakland Athletics, Charlie Finley, and delighted in attending the 1972-1974 World Series as his guest. But nothing could match the joy he felt when coaching his children in Little League baseball.
His love of sports was reflected in his involvement as treasurer of the United States Auto Club (USAC) for 17 years. He also served on the Washington Township School Board for eight years--two years as president. He was the founder and president of the Washington Township Foundation, an elder and trustee of Northminster Presbyterian Church, a board member of the Children’s Museum, and a member of the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
Art was grateful for the men who taught, guided, encouraged and mentored him in his life: Coach Don Elzer, his coach at Horace Mann; Bill Haeberle, professor of business at Indiana University; Glenn Swisher, President of Syndicate Glass; Tom Binford, his business partner for many years; Bob Borns, a friend from Gary, who invested in and has been a board member of his companies since the 1970’s; and brother, Joseph Angotti, who inspired his interest in broadcasting.
Honors include the IU Kelly School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, the Zora Clevenger Award which is the IU Athletic Department’s highest award given to “I” Men, and three Sagamore of the Wabash awards.
Art was happiest when boarding an airplane heading west. He enjoyed hiking in the Colorado mountains and visiting his grandchildren in California.At home, he delighted in spending time on his property working with tractors and taking people for golf cart rides.
He loved his work in radio, but his greatest love was spending time with his family. Art was a devoted husband. He was extremely proud of his children, Arthur and Laura, and delighted being “Baba” to his four grandchildren.
Art is survived by his wife, Barbara; children: Arthur III (Amber) of Indianapolis; Laura (Peter Geraghty) of Malibu, California; grandchildren: Leo and Amaya Angotti, Briggs and Lux Geraghty; brother: Joseph (Karen) Angotti of Monmouth, Illinois; sister: Phyllis Parker of Rockford, Illinois; nephews: Mark and Drew (Kim) Angotti and Jeffrey Parker; niece: Francine Angotti. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephews John Parker and Rev. Joseph Angotti Jr.
Calling will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd. East Drive on Sunday, March 10th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and Monday, March 11th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The service will follow Monday’s calling at 11:00 a.m.
The family requests that memorial gifts be designated for Art Angotti at Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Boulevard East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220, or a charity of your choice.
- Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2019
- Visitation Monday, March 11, 2019
- Memorial Service Monday, March 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
Dear Barbie, Artie and Laura,
How could our family's life ever have been complete without the involvement of your family and in particular Art as our children grew up. Your son was the first child my second son Ryan met when we moved on to Olney Street.
It was sad for our family when the Art Angotti'smoved from Olney Street, but, the saving grace was the fact that the Angotti's only moved a few miles away. Our boys were still able to interact and enjoy each other's companionship for a long time through the Washington Township school system and sports.
Art was such an inspiration to many. I know he took my son Ryan under his wing as he helped him in baseball and football. Art's love of sports was electrifying to anyone around him.
In you as his wife and his beautiful children he had the nucleus of a very loving, giving and beautiful family. How lovely it is to know that he got to enjoy his four precious grandchildren. Our Lives will ever be filled with great memories of Art and the Angotti family through those childhood years and as we learned of the great accomplishments that Art brought to the city of Indianapolis. This city and the people he met and with whom he encircled in many emdeavors are truly blessed to have had him in their lives. I for one, will forever treasure the memories of your family and participating in so many wonderful things with you Barbie, Art , and the children.
Deepest condolences from the Andrews family and wishing you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Always your neighbors and Friends,
Dick, Merilee, Ryan, Kent, Jeannine and Eleene Amdrews
March 10, 2019
Barb, so sorry about your loss. I remember Art fondly. My most sincere condolences to you and your family. With deepest sympathy, Lee Brown
Kim Seals Parks
March 8, 2019
I have fond memories from working for Art not only in Bloomington in the late 90's but years later in Lafayette. He always believed in me and that is something I will always cherish. My sympathies to the Angotti Family.
March 8, 2019
I am so sorry to learn of Art's passing. I knew Art as a fraternity brother who followed my footsteps through ROTC. Art was always a true brother and a gentleman through his years at SAE. Unfortunately, we lost touch in later years, although I followed his many accomplishments with interest. His is a true loss to this world. Phi Alpha.
March 8, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the entire Angotti Family. I had the pleasure of working for Artistic Media Partner's Lafayette IN. stations. I enjoyed Art's friendship and he was a great mentor to me.
Ann W. King
March 8, 2019
Barbara, I am so very sorry for your loss. It has been years since we shared time together but I remember those times fondly. May you receive peace and serenity to bring you through the next many days.
March 8, 2019
My heartfelt condolences go to the entire Angotti family. As radio competitors in Fort Wayne, Art and I started our relationship in a rocky way. However, we quickly realized that we liked each other, had many mutual interests, and shared life philosophies. We became good friends. I enjoyed our conversations, particularly online, where it was easy to chat for hours. Art Angotti was a good man. He will be missed.
March 8, 2019
Condolences to Art's family. May many memories of wonderful family times together be of consolation. May he be an on-going presence in all the many lives he touched.
Stephen and Julia Enkema