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Eichberg Construction Founder John Eichberg Dies At 78

Eichberg Construction founder John Eichberg, photographed in 2012

John Eichberg, the founder of a Rockville-based construction company that has built hundreds of D.C.-area projects over more than four decades, died Nov. 14. He was 78. 

Eichberg founded Eichberg Construction in 1974. The company built apartments, condos, office buildings, restaurants, schools, banks, churches, healthcare facilities, automotive dealerships and community centers. 

The construction company is now led by CEO John Doyle, who joined in 1979, and President Jay Eichberg, John's son, who joined in 1989. 

"Lovingly known as 'Big John,' John Eichberg was a monumental figure in the D.C. region," Jay Eichberg said in a statement. 

Eichberg Construction founder John Eichberg, photographed in 1984

In addition to leading his company, Eichberg was involved in charitable initiatives including the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, Yachad and the Washington Hebrew Congregation. 

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Jane Eichberg, and his children, Jay Eichberg, Leslie Wise and Lee Ellyn Altobello. His brother, legendary D.C. real estate broker James L. Eichberg, died in 2002. 

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