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Arthur Frederick Niemoeller

1930 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Arthur Frederick Niemoeller Obituary
Arthur Frederick Niemoeller

Germantown, TN

Arthur Frederick Niemoeller, born on August 15, 1930, in St. Louis, MO, passed away on his 88th birthday, August 15, 2018, in Germantown, TN after a brief illness. Art is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janne Z. Niemoeller; by his sister, Claire Knickmeyer (Kenton) of Warminster, PA; by his sons, John Niemoeller (Claire Seng-Niemoeller) of Germantown, David Niemoeller (Leslie Davis) of Minnetonka, MN, and Stephen Niemoeller (Kim Greene) of Landenberg, PA; and by his grandchildren, Benjamin Niemoeller of Roanoke, VA, Samantha Niemoeller of Los Angeles, CA, and Brianna and Heather Niemoeller of Landenberg, PA. Art was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur R. and Dorothy K. Niemoeller, of St. Louis, MO.

Art graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis in 1948 and Washington University in St. Louis in 1952. Art was a First Lieutenant in the Army. After discharge (1954), Art earned a doctorate in acoustical engineering at WU. After school, Art worked for IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN before heading the electro-acoustics research laboratory for Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis in 1964. For over thirty years, Art also taught classes at WU and was a private acoustical consultant. His work was wide-ranging. A project for the Navy led to mandatory use of hearing protection by deck crews on aircraft carriers. Projects for railroads mitigated hearing loss in roundhouses. Art designed the acoustics of many churches and auditoria in St. Louis.

Art's many passions included: his wife Janne; his sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren; many friends and neighbors; machines of all sorts; hiking, camping, lake boating, river canoeing, target shooting, and many other outdoor activities; tennis; visiting new places and seeing new people; and listening to good music on good audio equipment. Art also liked to sing. A few years ago, during a party game, he sang the opening of Celine Dion's song from Titanic, in falsetto, contrasting sharply with his usual Johnny Cash baritone.

At his request, Art will have no visitation or memorial service. Art's family thanks the many outstanding people who cared for him at The Village at Germantown during his illness.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 16, 2018
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