James Waldron Arnold
1929 - 2018
Arnold, James Waldron Of Shorewood, passed away on Friday December 21, in hospice, surrounded by his loving children. The patriarch of our family, he will be dearly missed. He was born on July 7, 1929, in Yonkers, NY, to David J. and Helen (Waldron) Arnold. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joan Arnold, granddaughter Alma Maleckar Bear and his beloved wife Gerry Lee Arnold. He was a proud graduate of Marquette University College of Journalism (1951), where he met Gerry, the love of his life and his future wife and partner of 56 years. Jim worked as a journalist for newspapers in Sacramento and Madera, CA before beginning his long career as a journalism and film professor, starting at Creighton University in Omaha and then for 35 years on the faculty of the College of Communication at Marquette University. He was also well known as a movie critic, publishing a syndicated column in the national Catholic Press, as well as specific movie review columns in the Milwaukee Journal (Insight Magazine) and St. Anthony Messenger. His film classes at Marquette were legendary, particularly among the post WWII "film generation." Jim is survived by three daughters, Catherine (David) Maleckar, Patricia and Julia (Daniel) Hess; five sons, James J., Richard (Laura), Peter, David (Lisamarie) and William (Kathleen); his loving grandchildren, Joe, Molly, Emily, Ella, Stephen, Jack, Callahan, Joseph, Kieran, Sophia, Lily, Will, Brendan, Maureen, Billy, and Kate, and two great - granddaughters, Anna and Gabriella, as well as many other loving friends and relatives. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated Thursday, January 3, at Gesu Church (9:45 am). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Scholarship Fund at the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.
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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Dec. 30, 2018.
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Jim was the first professor I had in J-school and then he was my magazine-writing professor later on. His encouragement meant a lot to me. May his memory always be a blessing.
Charles Pierce
November 14, 2020
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May you all share in the memories you have together over the years. -Jennifer Graham
Jennifer Graham
January 3, 2019
Professor Arnold was a favorite professor of mine when I was a graduate student at Marquette. My writing improved significantly whenever I took his classes, which I did at every opportunity. I attended his literary journalism class twice - once for credit and another for my edification. What I liked most about Professor Arnold's teaching was how very well he knew his subject; he also knew how to make suggestions about writing that, when applied, brought results. Not one to flatter, he called things like he saw them. So when he told me, "You're not Emily Dickinson, but your writing has promise," I felt I had won the Pultizer. His quiet wisdom will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Sandra Whitehead
January 2, 2019
My sympathies to Jim's family. I worked in the media center for many years and my staff supported his teaching. We were good friends and I was always impressed by how sage and professorial he was. I may be imagining the corduroy coat with patched elbows - but, I think not. Great member of the faculty and much loved by his students.
Jon Pray
January 2, 2019

When I first decided to go to grad school in journalism, I wanted to go into film criticism. I took all the courses there were but alas, there were so few. All of them were taught by Prof. James Arnold including some photography classes. I will always remember Prof. Arnold was a very nice and gentle man who cared about his students. Maria C. Kirylo, J Grad '88
Maria Kirylo
January 2, 2019
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January 2, 2019
My deepest condolences to Julia and her family. Your dad's life was amazing, and it seems like he touched many lives. I'm sure his greatest accomplishment though was his family! You will all be in our thought. Love & peace to you all.
Sydnia De Franco
January 1, 2019
Deepest condolences to all the Arnold clan from us Pintars. Jim and Gerry were our parents' dearest friends. With love now and always, Kathryn (for all the Pintars)
Kathryn Silvestre
December 31, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Arnold Family. May God grant you strength during this difficult time.
December 30, 2018
To all my cousins: Auntie Tots and Uncle Jim were the most in-love married couple I have ever known. Their loving devotion to each other was awesome to witness, and yet they had a bounty love still to share with their family and others. They were both a wonderful part of my life from my earliest memories. Although the loss of your father/grandfather is a sad time, it is nice to think of your mom & dad together again. They both exemplified all the virtues involved in living deeply and truly Christian and loving, generous lives.

Sending you all so much love and my deepest condolences.
Mary C
December 30, 2018
Prof. Arnold was one of my very favorite professors, most especially his Film as Art class. I came to Marquette as a film lover. Prof. Arnold not only helped me understand why, but also he helped me love cinema all the more. I rarely watch a film without thinking of him. May he rest in eternal peace.
Michael Grimaldi, J 71
December 30, 2018
So very sorry for the loss of dear James. May GOD comfort you and heal your broken hearts. Ps. 147:3.
CP., La.
December 30, 2018