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Arthur, Richard Anthony
January 20, 1937 - December 17, 2009
Richard Anthony Arthur (Tony) died of cancer on December 17, in Woodland Hills. He was born in Sharon, PA, and served in the U.S. Army, attending the Military Language School at Monterey, where he studied Korean, after which he was stationed near the D.M.Z. He earned his B.A. at Allegheny College, a Master's at Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D at SUNY Stony Brook.

Tony spent more than 30 years as an English professor at CSU Northridge, where he initiated a successful internship program for professional writing. He also wrote six books on a range of historical and literary topics; a history of the Mexican expedition of Confederate General Shelby will be published by Random House in 2010.


Tony's pleasures in life were his family, cross-country car trips (many of them in a semi-reliable VW van), and travel abroad. He was awarded two Fulbright fellowships to Hungary, and a Senior Fulbright fellowship in Germany. Never without a book at hand and an interest to pursue, he taught himself French and German. He enjoyed hiking, sailing, and golf, but his first love in sports was always tennis.

Tony is survived by his wife, Carolyn, their children Reagan (Scott) and Owen (Karen), and grandchildren Nell, Duncan, Olivia, and Jane. Also surviving him are a nephew and three nieces. A January memorial is planned.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 20, 2009
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