Passed away early August 6, 2013 after a fall at her home in Potomac. She retired from CBS News in the summer of 2012 after a long career with "Face the Nation".
Born in Massachusetts, Arlene grew up in Connecticut near Long Island Sound. She was a loving daughter and sister.
After graduating from George Washington University, she was active in the brief presidential campaign of Sen. Edward Kennedy, and also earned an MBA from Columbia University. She began her tv news career at NBC, working on documentaries. It was at NBC where she met her to-be husband, Bob Lissit, and insisted on hiding their romantic involvement from colleagues, until a Frank Sinatra concert at DAR Hall. They crept in after the lights dimmed, only to find at an intermission that they were in the middle of a large group of NBC News employees. They married soon after.
Arlene found her family heritage on a trip to County Clare in Ireland, and visited the home her grandmother left to come to the U.S. She will be sorely missed by friends, of whom she had many, wonderfully loving nieces, Bob's immediate family, her beloved Standard Poodles, and her truly loving husband.
Friends will be received at PUMPHREY'S COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Montgomery Ave., (Rt. 28, exit 6A just off I-270) on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 12 to 1 p.m. and where services will be held at 1 p.m. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to , 801 Roeder Road, Suite 800, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Please view and sign family guestbook at

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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 9, 2013