Allen Parker (Lennie) Arnold
Black Mountain, NC - Allen Parker (Lennie) Arnold died on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He was 89 years old.
Son of the late Roger and Eleanor (nee Tracy) Arnold; husband of the late Nancy (nee Winchell) and the late Betty (nee Brandenberg), brother of the late Paul and James Arnold; he is survived by daughters, Gwenyth (Timothy) Udd and Deborah (Raul) Chavez; and grandsons, Anthony (Danielle) and Kyler Chavez.
Born on June 25, 1923 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he grew up in Kunming, China, where his father worked for the YMCA. He attended Shanghai American School and graduated from Mount Hermon School and Oberlin College.
Lennie met his wife Nancy at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center in New York. They were married there in 1948. He served in the Navy during the Korean War
, and then earned his Masters and Ph.D. in chemistry from Case Institute of Technology. He worked as a research chemist for the Lubrizol Corporation in Wyckliffe, Ohio, was a member of the American Chemical Society and served as president of its Cleveland chapter.
He and Nancy were active in their Presbyterian church, and hosted many international students through the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. They enjoyed spending time during the summer at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.
In 1984, they moved to Highland Farms Retirement Community in Black Mountain, North Carolina. They sang in the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the choir of Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, volunteered at Lotts Creek Community School, and helped people with their taxes through the AARP.
After Nancy's death in 1992, Lennie married Betty Brandenberg Hoyt in 1994. He was warmly welcomed by her children and grandchildren. He and Betty traveled widely and maintained close ties with family and friends. Betty died in 2010.
Lennie will be remembered as a kind, cheerful, and energetic man, a singer, a storyteller, an encourager, and a man of deep faith. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service is planned in the Assembly Room at Highland Farms on Monday, February 11, 2013, at 1:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the Highland Farms Residents Corporation (Trust Fund), 200 Tabernacle Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711, or to Lotts Creek Community School, 5837 Lotts Creek Road, Hazard, KY 41701.
Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals. www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com