Richard Theodore Arnott, born November 11, 1930 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York; passed away in his home on July 16, 2013 at the age of 83. Dick attended Adelphi University, graduating with a B.A. in English in 1952. More importantly, while in school, he played varsity baseball under the tutelage of Al Davis (current Oakland Raiders Owner). He was a starting pitcher, and in 1952 was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers only to choose to serve his country instead. He is a veteran of the Korean War. As an active member of the Texas Lone Star Chapter of the Korean War Veterans, Dick was significantly instrumental in the fund raising and construction of the Korean War Veterans' Memorial in Austin, Texas. As per his request, he will be interned in the National Veterans' Cemetery in Houston, TX.|
Dick received his MBA from Adelphi in 1970. After the war he perused a 39 year career with M. W. Kellogg/Brown and Root retiring in 1992. Notable accomplishments included Global Head of Procurement, a five year assignment as Managing Director of European Operations in Amsterdam, overseeing corporate development of refinery projects in Nigeria, and ultimately retiring as a Senior Vice President.
An avid golfer, he had been an active member of Lakeside Country Club since 1985. Notable accomplishments include two verified hole in ones, shooting his age annually between the ages of 77 and 82, and taking his golfing group to school on a regular basis. His other passions were travel, where he was fortunate enough to see most of the globe for business and pleasure, and teaching his wife how to play bridge.
He was an active member of the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church for over 40 years. Following his retirement, he worked with the Outreach Program through the church teaching the English language to Hispanic adults and children.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years Barbara; daughter Allison Wincott and husband Rick; son Tom Arnott and partner Ross Gauld; grandson Graham Wincott and wife Lauren; granddaughter Lindsay Zimmerman and husband John; grandson Eric Wincott; and beloved dog Choco.
Dick will be dearly missed by his family and extensive network of lifetime friends. He was a man who never wavered from his principals of truth and honor, and represented an inspiration and roll model for all of us. God bless him, and may he rest in peace.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2013 at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 18, 2013