Carleton Evans Arnold Sr., a Savage resident known for his humorous nature videos featuring backyard wildlife, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at the veterans hospital in Washington.
Mr. Arnold, who was 62, entered the hospital in January after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Before he was hospitalized, he spent much of his time video-taping the wildlife in his wooded backyard.
He filmed chipmunks, blue herons, woodpeckers and his two dogs, referring to them as his "critters." But his favorite subject was a flying squirrel he named Barny, who stars in two videos -- "Barny I" and "Barny II" -- that were frequently circulated among his Savage neighbors.
"I was sitting out on the porch and discovered these little flying squirrels, and we got to be really good buddies," Mr. Arnold said in an interview with The Sun in November. He began taping about two years ago after his family gave him a video recorder for his birthday after he had undergone heart bypass surgery.
During his recent stay in the hospital, Mr. Arnold entertained doctors and nurses with his videos. He posted a sign above his bed saying: Urgent: "When can I go home to see my critters?"
Mr. Arnold, who used a wheelchair, also enjoyed riding in the woods on his all-terrain vehicle.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Arnold spent most of his life in the Savage area. He attended public school in Laurel until he joined the Maryland National Guard at age 15. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. From 1956 to 1979, he worked as a television service technician.
Mr. Arnold retired on disability in 1979 because of complications from a 1963 accident in which his right leg was severed by a saw. He had 36 operations for problems related to the accident.
A memorial service is to be conducted from 7 o'clock to 9 o'clock tonight at Donaldson's Funeral Home, 313 Talbott Ave. in Laurel. Mr. Arnold's nature videos will be shown.
Mr. Arnold is survived by his wife, the former Janet Kirkpatrick; two sons, Jon Carleton Arnold of Silver Spring and Carleton Arnold Jr. of Ellicott City; two daughters, Amanda Ann Arnold of Laurel and Corrinne Andrea Arnold of Savage; a twin sister, Corrinne Tuozzo of Bethesda; six brothers, Harry, Kenneth and John Arnold of Dallas, James and Thomas Arnold of New Orleans and Robert Arnold of Arlington, Va.; and two grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236; or the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, 10917 Liberty Road, Randallstown 21133.