Donald C. Arenth Designed yachts, hotels


A memorial service for Donald Craig Arenth, an interior and industrial designer whose work included yachts, offices and hotels, will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Memorial Episcopal Church, Lafayette Avenue and Bolton Street.

Mr. Arenth, who was 57 and lived in Bolton Hill, died after a long illness Wednesday at the Kingsville home of a friend. He had been a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital until Monday.

After operating Donald C. Arenth Ltd. since 1986, Mr. Arenth returned in September to H. Chambers Co., where he had been vice president from 1977 until 1986.

From 1967 until 1973, he was a partner in Arenth and Fish Associates in Towson.

In the mid-1960s, he was assistant head of the design department of the Concorde Yacht Division of the Brunswick Corp. in Baltimore. Earlier, he worked in Paris for the Raymond Loewy design firm.

He designed Sheraton hotels, the former quarters of the Center Club and the National Press Club, among other projects.

He held offices in the American Society of Interior Designers and the Industrial Designers Society of America. In 1970, he won an Industrial Design Award for work on a tennis racket.

He sang in the choirs of Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church and Memorial Episcopal Church, of which he was a member.

Born in Pittsburgh, he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the Carnegie Mellon University and served in the Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by two sons, Craig Magnus Arenth of Baltimore and Sean Lydick Arenth of Columbia.

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