ARTO SZABO

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SZABO--Arto Olavi. July 23, 1935 -July 23, 2018. Arto, long-time resident of Greenwich, CT, and resident of Sarasota, FL, passed away on July 23rd surrounded by family and special friends. Son of Aladar Szabo and Aino Hakulinen-Szabo, he was predeceased by his wife, Ella Kovacs Szabo and his brother, Miklos Tamas Szabo. He is survived by his daughter, Eve Aino Rosa Wirth, his son-in-law, Russell Wirth III, and his grandsons, Russell and Spencer Wirth, all of Mill Valley, CA. He leaves his nephew, Robert Szabo of Cranberry, PA, and is survived by his companion Dee Lewis. Arto was born in Pecs, Hungary. He attended the Applied Arts College in Budapest before fleeing Communism in 1956. Embraced by America, he graduated from Parsons School of Design with Honors. He and Ella married in New York City, in 1962. In Greenwich, he formed Arto Szabo Associates, and designed furniture and interiors. Arto was a founding member of the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD). Between 1981-2013, Arto served on the ASFD Board, as well as held roles including President, Treasurer, and Publisher of the Chapter Forum. In 2006, ASFD honored him with the Outstanding Member Service Award for his contributions, loyalty and leadership. Arto loved tennis, travel, classical music, photography, and painting. He was a Renaissance man and was a proud Hungarian and American. A service celebrating Arto's Life will be on September 15, 2018, at 1pm, at the Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, CT. Memorial donations honoring Arto may be made to The Greenwich Symphony at:

greenwichsymphony.org.

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Round Hill Community Church
395 Round Hill Rd
Greenwich, CT 06831
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Published in The New York Times on Aug. 12, 2018