Berkeley College Mourns the Passing of Patriarch Larry L. Luing, Chairman Emeritus

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“Education is a people business. Whenever I am asked to identify the best thing about Berkeley, I invariably respond, ‘Our people – faculty, students, administrators – everyone in the Berkeley family.’” – Larry L. Luing

Berkeley College Larry L. Luing


Larry L. Luing, Patriarch and Chairman Emeritus of Berkeley College, passed away on November 17, 2016.

“Mr. Luing was a great visionary who was largely responsible for establishing Berkeley College as a leader at the forefront of career-focused education,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.  “He touched the lives of tens of thousands, not only throughout our region, but globally as well.”

Born to Donald and Ethel Luing on April 24, 1930, in Rhodes, IA, Mr. Luing was a young entrepreneur, selling milk, strawberries, greeting cards, garden seeds and household items door-to-door. In 1951, he graduated from the University of Iowa and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 143rd Field Artillery Battalion of the 40th Division in Korea.

After the war, Mr. Luing landed a job in the sales department at the Gregg Division of the McGraw-Hill Book Company, where he was responsible for selling textbooks to business schools around the country. 

In 1965 he joined The Berkeley School as Vice President of Administration, and ultimately became President and Chairman of the Board. Under Mr. Luing’s leadership, the school earned regional accreditation and the license to award associate and bachelor’s degrees, and by the time of his retirement in 2001, had been renamed Berkeley College.

Mr. Luing was involved in various other business ventures during his lifetime.  He had ownership interests in the Concord Motor Inn, Keystone Court apartments and Chateau guest house in Stone Harbor, NJ.  He built The Leeward, a 24-unit condominium complex, also in Stone Harbor.  He operated Stafford Hall, a secretarial school in Summit, NJ, and was a partial owner of the Taylor Schools, London School of Publishing and London School of Insurance.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is


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