William Harold Arnett
June 13, 1928
July 6, 2017
Greatly loved and cherished,
Dr. William Harold Arnett passed away at his home on July 6, 2017 at the age of 89. He is survived by his lovely and devoted wife, Jeanette C. (Leuty) Arnett, his daughter, Mary Anne (Arnett) Davis, his son, Dr. Robert L. Arnett, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Alan K. Arnett.
Harold Arnett was born in Louisville, Mississippi to George Arnett and Ida (Bagwell) Arnett, and was one of eleven children. Dr. Arnett was a Korean War veteran where he served as a medical technician. He completed his PhD work at Kansas State University and was recruited to University of Nevada Reno to set up the Entomology Department and student curriculum in 1959. He led a distinguished career as a Professor where he spent 30 years as a passionate researcher and educator. His primary focus was the study of bees, and his research made great contributions to our current knowledge of bee behavior and habitat. He was a long time member of the Plumb Lane Lion's Club, where he served all levels of office.
Harold continued to council those around him until just weeks prior to his passing. Education was always paramount to Dr. Arnett. His last words on this topic were, "It is not just enough to be educated, but you must do something with that education." And finally, he grew the best tomatoes you could ever eat!
Harold Arnett will truly be missed.
Memorial gathering to be determined.
Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Jul. 12, 2017.