BOCA RATON, Fla.-Arthur Taubman, 92, the founder of TBC Corp., Advance Stores Co. Inc. and Alliance Tire and Rubber Co., died March 15 in Boca Raton. Born July 15, 1901, in Astoria, N.Y., Mr. Taubman went to work at the age of 13 as a stock boy in a New York department store. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and then started an auto parts chain in Pittsburgh.
When that business failed during the early 1930s, Mr. Taubman moved to Roanoke, Va., where he bought three unsuccessful auto parts stores, turning them into a chain of 372 Advance Stores locations that Automotive Marketing magazine ranked the 10th largest in the nation based on 1992 sales. Mr. Taubman helped create Alliance Tire in Israel in 1953 with funds provided by Jewish businessmen in the U.S. and Israel.
During the same period, he founded what is now TBC to acquire tire and other rubber products from American manufacturers for distribution. He was TBC's president from 1948-1980.
Mr. Taubman was a strong civic leader, a chairman of the Roanoke Valley United Negro College Fund and a director of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
During World War II, he helped 500 Jewish refugees escape Europe to the U.S. by signing affidavits claiming to be each one's first cousin and promising financial support.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Ann Weber Taubman, a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and a great granddaughter.