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Robert D. Arnold

Died peacefully November 4, 2012 at Westview Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born to Leo K. Arnold and Gladys Donnell Arnold, Indianapolis, on August 25th, 1932.

He graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1950. He attended Indiana University and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

While at IU, he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon Social Fraternity where he served as Chapter Secretary. Following graduation he was a long time member of the Board of Directors and was ultimately named a Distinguished Alumnus of the fraternity.

In November of 1955, he entered military service and became a member of a select group of officers who were part of the Air Missile Defense of large Metropolitan cities employing Nike Missiles. He was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1957.

He spent the next several years with an insurance company before enrolling in the IU School of Law in Indianapolis. He later transferred to the IU School of Law in Bloomington and in 1966 he obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from IU.

After a brief tenure in the private practice of law, he began a 20 year career with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana which ultimately led to an early retirement in 1988 as Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Legal Counsel for the corporations.

He took up writing in retirement and published "HOOSIER AUTUMN" which documented Indiana's 1945 undefeated championship football team. The book's release in 1995 coincided with the championship team's 50th anniversary. "HOOSIER AUTUMN" was followed by the history of the Old Oaken Bucket games between Indiana and Purdue entitled "THE RIVALRY", from 1925 to 2009. Both books entered the Library of Congress. During his writing period, he also contributed to BARRONS, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and AMERICAN HERITAGE. In 2009, he began writing again so as to pay tribute to the coach and players of Indiana's only Rose Bowl appearance in 1968. The Book was titled; "A TEAM OF DESTINY."

Memberships through the years included the Economic Club; Hillcrest and Woodland Country Clubs; Kiwanis Clubs of Indianapolis and North Indianapolis. He attended Harvard School of Law during 1978 and 1980. His membership in Kiwanis earned him the role of President of the North Club and recipient of a 30 year recognition Award from the Downtown Club. He and his wife Linda were also members of the Second Presbyterian Church.

For several years, he played the role of Reverend Good on the popular children's TV show "Time For Timothy" broadcast on then channel 13 every Sunday Morning.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Huggins Arnold, two children; son, Eric and daughter, Emily (Kerk) McKeon and Grandsons Nicholas and Ryan McKeon.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from Noon to 3 p.m. in Crown Hill Funeral Home Remem brance Chapel . Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Saturday November 10, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in Hoosier Village Retirement Center at 5300 W. 96th St. Indianapolis, IN.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis, Inc., 320 N. Meridian St. Suite 1020, Indianapolis, IN 46204 C/O Scholarship Fund Or National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 7, 2012
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