Richard B. Arnold, longtime Parkville resident and civil engineer, dies

Richard B. Arnold, a retired civil engineer who worked at a Baltimore firm for 35 years, died Jan. 26 from kidney failure at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Lochearn.

The former Parkville resident was 93.

Richard Brodhead Arnold was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He was the son of Thomas G. Arnold, a public school principal, and Estelle Brodhead Arnold, a home economics teacher.

After graduating in 1941 from Peabody High School, he began his civil engineering studies at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh.

He left college in 1944 to serve with the military, and was an electronic technician aboard the USS Oberon, a Navy attack cargo ship in the Pacific Theater.

After being discharged in 1946, he returned to Carnegie Tech and obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1947 in civil engineering.

He joined the Baltimore engineering firm Whitman, Requardt & Associates in 1951. He worked there until retiring in 1986.

Mr. Arnold lived for 61 years in the Woodcroft neighborhood of Parkville before moving to Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village two years ago.

He had been an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Parkville, where he had been a member of the church council and had chaired its building committee in the early 1970s.

He enjoyed gardening, playing the piano and completing Sunday crossword puzzles.

At Mr. Arnold’s request, no services will be held.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, the former Alma Miller; a son, R. Timothy Arnold of Leland, N.C.; two daughters, Gwen E. Pohlman of Perry Hall and Virginia G. O’Neill of Timonium; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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