Dr. Arnold Tooson Bell
Dr. Arnold Tooson Bell, 62, of Tallahassee, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, September 2, 2013.Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Timberlane Church of Christ with burial at Southside Cemetery. Viewing-visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Friday at Springhill Road Church of Christ. TILLMAN OF TALLAHASSEE 850-942-1950 is serving the Bell family. Born in Bronx, NY, Arnold graduated Evander Childs High School and earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Springfield (MA) College.He attained his Master's at Columbia (NY) University in Exercise Science and his Physical Therapy Certification at NYU; his doctorate in Higher Education was received from FSU. Dr. Bell was employed at Cleveland (Ohio) State University when, more than 30 years ago, he was recruited by Florida A&M to establish its Physical Therapy Department.In 1991, he became the first African-American Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Bell worked as an athletic trainer with the U.S. Olympic Committee. At FAMU, he worked extensively in athletics and was Teacher-of-the-Year in 2000-2001 for the School of Allied Health.He was a 2003 inductee in the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame. He served diligently as a deacon and song director at the Springhill Road Church of Christ. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Lois C. Bell; daughters, Patrice L. Bell and identical twins, Antoinette N. and Anjane`C. Bell; brother, Maurice H. Bell and a host of other relatives and loving friends.He was predeceased by his parents, William and Ira Tooson Bell.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12, 2013