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Lois and Theodore Arnow

1921 - 2014
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.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 1, 2015
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