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James R. ARNOLD Obituary
ARNOLD, James R. Jim Arnold, 89, of Sandy Springs, GA, passed away peacefully August 5, 2014. Jim was preceded in death by Betty Arnold, his wife of 62 years. He is survived by his four sons, Steve (Pat), Bill (Lisa), Bob (Mary), and Matt; 4 grandsons, Chris (Kathleen), David, Rodney, Luke; 3 granddaughters, Shirley, Kathryn, Alicia; and 2 great grandsons, Myer and Wesley. Jim was born on November 9, 1924 in Gastonia, NC and grew up in Daytona Beach, FL after graduating from Seabreeze High School, he enlisted in the Navy. While attending Columbia, Princeton, and Emory Universities, he graduated from the Naval OCS. He began his active duty serving as a navigator, 2nd Lieutenant, first on board the USS Claiborne and then onboard the USS Neches where he served in the Pacific Fleet at the end of WWII. While overseas in Manila, Jim attended the War Crimes Trial of Japanese General Yamashita who was responsible for the Bataan Death March. Later, in March of 1946, he and about 65 other Naval personnel were permitted to tour Nagasaki after the second atomic bomb was detonated. After completion of his active duty, Jim served in the Naval Reserves and retired at the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After his service in the Navy, Jim returned to Atlanta and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1949 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, Jim began a career as a mechanical engineer in the petroleum pipeline industry with Southeastern Pipeline. In 1962, Colonial Pipeline was formed by nine major oil companies and purchased Southeastern Pipeline. Jim was one of the original engineers who, along with others, was responsible for the design and construction of Colonial. At the time, Colonial was the largest gasoline pipeline in the world. Jim also served as a committee chairman of the American Petroleum Institute and was considered one of the industry's foremost authorities on evaporation losses in gasoline storage tanks. He was a pioneer in the use of floating roof tanks as a method to reduce evaporation losses. After retiring from a long career at Colonial, Jim went to work as a consultant for GATX in Tampa, FL where he designed and supervised the construction of a gasoline pipeline across the state of Florida. He enjoyed hiring many of his fellow engineers, draftsmen, and coworkers out of retirement from Colonial to help with the construction of the pipeline for GATX. Jim enjoyed playing golf and was an extreme "do-it-yourselfer" around the house. He lived in the same house for 60+ years where he made many room additions and expansions but never outsourced any of the construction. Building inspectors always marveled that the quality of his work exceeded any work they had ever seen. The family would like to express a heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Beverly Lawley for her tireless, sacrificial, loving care for Jim over the last fourteen months of his life at the personal care home, Crabapple Hall, where he has resided in Alpharetta, GA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd., Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093, tel. 800-457-4777. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Patterson's Arlington Chapel. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at H.M. Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., N.E., Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 7, 2014
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