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Top entrepreneur bequeaths books; Industrialist gives archive to university.

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ONE of the region's most influential entrepreneurs has had his personal book collection donated to a university.

Dr Herbert Loebl, who passed away in February this year, donated all his books to Newcastle University Library's Special Collections.

The pioneering industrialist co-founded Joyce, Loebl & Company more than 60 years ago. Dr Loebl, of Gosforth - who was awarded the OBE in 1973 for his services to exports - had close connections with Newcastle University Business School throughout his life, and he held workshops for his Herbert Loebl Export Academy to help firms sell their goods and services overseas, right up until his death.

Prof Chris Brink, vice chancellor at Newcastle University, previously said: "Herbert Loebl was a truly inspirational man who leaves a great legacy at our university.

"The university benefited greatly from his energy, enthusiasm and vast experience." Prof John Wilson, director of Newcastle University Business School, added: "We will work hard to ensure his legacy remains a part of our Business School's future."

Dr Loebl's archive consists largely of unique and published material relating to Joyce, Loebl and Co Ltd, and its successors.

It is estimated the company spawned a further 45 businesses in the region - including those started by the 10 original apprentices they took on, who are all now in their seventies.

The items in the unique collection include annotated scrapbooks of news cuttings, letters, photographs, and memorandum relating to the development of the company, from its humble beginnings under a railway arch in 1951, to its legacy in four local businesses and beyond.

Other records relating to the company include correspondence, trade catalogues, visitors' books, accounts, product specifications and sales literature. Dr Leobl's collection personally relates to his achievements as an innovator and a scholar. This includes photographs, congratulatory letters and other material on his receipt of the Queen's Award to Industry in 1967, and his OBE in 1973.

Testament to his long relationship with Newcastle University, his archive contains notebooks from his time as a student of the University's predecessor, King's College, Durham University, where he studied electrical engineering, graduating in 1949 with a BSc.

Certificates for a further Masters in Philosophy from Durham University, gained in 1978, and his Doctorate in Philosophy, along with his PhD thesis, gained in 1985, are present, as well as items relating to the Honorary Doctorate he received in 2003 in recognition of his many business achievements and importance to the region and the university. Copies of two autobiographies written by Dr Loebl make up the collection: Outsider In - Memories of Business and Public Work in the North East of England 1951-1984 and A Coat Too Long - An Illustrated Autobiography. Once catalogued, the collection will be available as a research resource to members of the university or general public, who can view material by making a request to Special Collections at the Robinson Library.


START OF AN EMPIRE The first premises of Joyce, Loebl & Co on Vine Lane, Newcastle

LEGACY Dr Herbert Loebl left his collection to the university he had close ties with
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2013
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