Lois and Theodore Arnow
1921 - 2014
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Lois Aileen Arnow Theodore Arnow
3/11/1921 ~ 12/14/2014 7/27/1921 ~ 12/18/2014
Lois Aileen Arnow
Lois (Goodell) Arnow passed away peacefully at home December 14, 2014. She was born March 11, 1921 in Lorain, Ohio to Lewis Goodell and Glen (Reesey) Goodell. Lois received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Columbia University in 1949 and a Masters Degree in Botany from the University of Utah in 1971. Lois was a Veteran of World War II, serving as a Nurse Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service in Egypt and Greece. While attending Columbia University on the GI Bill Lois met the love of her life Ted Arnow and they were married on September 23, 1949. Lois and Ted lived and worked together in New York, Guam, Texas, Puerto Rico and Utah. Her greatest joy was raising and teaching her twin sons, Dan and Don. Her curiosity, patience, humor and loving nature lives on in her sons. During her long botanical career Lois authored or coauthored seven publications and books. Her book Flora of the Central Wasatch Front Utah is still used as a University of Utah botany textbook. At age of 86 Lois had nearly finished a new "Flora of the Central Wasatch Front" when, eclipsed by the weight of years, she turned it over to her successor at the University of Utah Garrett Herbarium for completion. Lois loved cats and tolerated dogs, collected hippos, and enjoyed her botanical work, her flower gardens and reading. Lois was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Jim and John Goodell.
Theodore (Ted) Arnow
Ted Arnow followed in death his lifelong love and wife of 65 years peacefully at home December 18, 2014. He was born July 27, 1921 in New York, NY to Morris Arnow and Ida (Goldfarb) Arnow. Ted received his Bachelors Degree in Geology from New York University in 1942 and a Masters Degree in Geology from Colombia University in 1949. Ted was a Veteran of World War II serving in the Navy. He survived the sinking of the ship he commanded during the invasion of Okinawa and was discharged eligible to wear the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with 4 battle stars, the Navy Unit Commendation, and a Bronze Star Medal. While attending Columbia University on the GI Bill, Ted met the love of his life Lois Goodell and shortly thereafter their 65 years of marriage began. Ted worked from 1946 - 1986 for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and was recognized as one of the USGS' foremost experts on the preparation and review of reports. During his USGS tenure in Utah he became the leading expert on the Great Salt Lake. In 1984 he received the Meritorious Service Award of the U.S. Department of the Interior and in 2011 he was the recipient of the Lehi Hintze Award, established to recognize outstanding contributions to the understanding of Utah geology. Ted loved Lois above all else. Even in their golden years, the twinkle in his eyes and boyish grin would return when he was with Lois. He liked dogs and tolerated cats, enjoyed smoking a good pipe, reading good books, raising houseplants, furniture making, all things Harry Potter, and the pursuit of knowledge. His thirst for knowledge and amazing memory were legendary. Ted was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Philip Arnow. Lois and Ted are survived by their cat Mildew, their sons Dan Arnow (Mary) and Don Arnow (Ann), and grandchildren Jason and Jennifer Arnow.
A Celebration of Ted and Lois' life will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 6876 S Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the The Road Home, a non-profit social service agency helping people step out of homelessness and back into our community.
Please send condolences and memories to the family at: darnow@bridgepub.com.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 1, 2015.
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January 5, 2015
Dan and Don,

Your folks were good friends with mine, and after my Mom died, continued their friendship with my Dad and step-mother. I have many wonderful memories of them throughout my life. We lived in the same neighborhood until I was in 5th grade, so I visited often. My Mom was a biologist and worked at the U of U in the biology building close to the herbarium. I spent quite a bit of time at the herbarium and had the privilege of working an internship for your Mom my senior year in high school. Both of your parents were a huge influence in my life, exposing me to kindness, knowledge, and love. I stopped by to see them whenever I was in town, and was lucky to have a great visit with them last January. They were truly unique people, and it was an honor to know them. They will be greatly missed. They touched so many people in their lives. I'm glad they took the next step in their journey together. You have my deepest condolence.
Kathy Wright Herbst
January 3, 2015
I did not know Lois well, but your father spoke of her and her accomplishments proudly. My husband and I knew Ted. As a new member of the Utah Geological Society, he was always helpful with my learning what to do as I moved from arranging for speakers, to becoming president. His assistasnce was invaluable.
I lost my parents a few years ago, within a few months of each other, and can imagine your feelings. Their physical passage was the end to our contact, and even though they had been failing in many ways, that finality was very saddening.
Your parants made many contributions to their field and in their lives. I hope that brings a sense of satisfaction and peace to you all. Also, I hope that knowing how much they cared for their children and how proud they were of them brings comfort.
Most sincerely,
Janet Benjamins
January 3, 2015
Dear Dan, Don, Mildew and other family members:

I didn't personally know Lois and Ted, but wish that I had. They were dear friends and kind benefactors of my sister, Ann Kelsey, who preceded them in death, her husband, Lester Aoki, and their children, Miyo and Will. I know that Ann and Lester cherished their association with Lois and Ted over the years, and most recently looked forward to many enchanting dinner engagements. I am so sorry for both your loss and that of the community at large.

With warm regards, Margaret Kelsey
Margaret Kelsey
January 3, 2015
My father Lowell Hilpert was a colleague of Teds. A fellow USGS geologist and rock hound. I remember him smoking his pipe and his quick wit as a small child at the study group meetings! My mother Doris Hilpert is still living, 95 years and will be 96 in February. I read your lovely tribute to both of your parents and she remembers going to your parents home where there was a wall with mice running around in a maze ! I could be mistaken , but did your parents own a skunk at one time?
Shelley (Hilpert) Ebersole Ebersole
January 2, 2015
Dan and Don I have many memories of our great neighborhood and you. I wish you both my heartfelt feeling of empathy. We recently lost both of our parents, and despite the difficulty of years, they are a great loss. Your Mother was often in our kitchen talking in her quiet thoughtful voice. She was a great comfort to my Mom when she was so ill, even though your Mom had difficulty in making the visit because of her own ill health. I am grateful for the contribution they made to our world at large and to the fun and adventure in my parents life. -- Kathy Tuft Schmidt
January 2, 2015
My name is Elaine and I work for SMH Senior Center, I loved your mom and dad, they were a sweet couple, always together. I loved your moms sense of humor and smile and your fathers', easy go lucky guy. My deepest condolences to your family, May the Lord bless you at this time.
January 2, 2015
I am very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. My heartfelt condolences to the family during this time of sorrow. (1Corinthains 15:26) (Isaiah 61:1,2) Please find peace in knowing that He understands your grief and He cares. 1 Peter 5:6,
January 1, 2015
Contacted for information re Hobert Heaberlin, a casualty in the sinking of LCI(G)82, which Ted commanded, he kindly shared everything he knew. He related the whole story, his part and others, of the ship loss. I have grown to know him and Lois in correspondence for seven years. Their memory will be my treasure.
Les Heaberlin
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