News & Press: Jewelry and Industry

In Memoriam of William A. Argo, ECG

Monday, November 13, 2017  
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William ArgoAnother AGS legend, William A. Argo, Emeritus Certified Gemologist, has passed away. Mr. Argo, of Argo & Lehne in Columbus, Ohio, served on the AGS Board of Directors in the 60s and 70s and was president in 1972 and 1973.

During the 80s and 90s he served on the AGS Board of Trustees, and was given the Shipley Award in 1981. Mr Argo also served on the Jewelers Mutual Board of Directors and was also very involved in community activities. We are grateful for his contributions to the industry.

The family of William Argo has shared this loving tribute with us and we thought you would like to learn more about the man, his legacy, and his accomplishments.

William A. Argo, 94, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017. Born February 21, 1923 in Columbus, Ohio to Pearl (Williams) and James Alexander Argo. Preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Weider Conover; brother, J. Richard Argo; wife, Barbara Argo and daughter, Sarah (Daniel) Clark of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Survived by his son, Robert (Glenda) Argo; grandchildren, Joshua and William Argo, Elizabeth and Andrew Clark.

William ArgoWith Argo & Lehne Jewelers for over 50 years. Graduated from OSU, served as a Lieutenant in the Infantry Brigade in India during WWII. Member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Columbus Rotary, Columbus Country Club, The Athletic Club and The University Club.

President of the American Gem Society of the U.S. & Canada, the Jewelry Industry Council, the Family & Children’s Bureau. On the Boards of Huntington National Bank, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., Columbus Museum of Art & BalletMet Columbus. Elder & trustee of the Central College Presbyterian Church.

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