Dr. Charles J.E. Arnold, radiologist

Dr. Charles J.E. Arnold

Dr. Charles J.E. Arnold, former chief of radiology at North Arundel Hospital and the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, died suddenly Wednesday of undetermined causes at his Green Spring Valley home. He was 72.

The son of Dr. Emerson Victor Arnold, an internist, and Esther Jack Arnold, a homemaker, Charles Jack Emerson Arnold was born and raised in Delaware, Ohio, where he graduated from Willis High School in 1959.


Dr. Arnold, who was known as Jack, earned a bachelor's degree in 1963 from Ohio Wesleyan University and attended Ohio State University for a year before earning his medical degree in 1969 from the University of Cincinnati.

He completed a pediatric internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1970 and his residency in radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1973.

Dr. Arnold began his career at North Arundel Hospital in 1973, where he rose to become chief of the radiology department and chief of staff.

In 2000, he joined what was then St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was named chief of radiology. He held that position until April of this year, when he stepped down and returned to practicing radiology.

"He was universally beloved by his co-workers for his humor, bedside manner and his mentorship," said a son, John "Jay" Arnold of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. "Everyone loved him, patients and doctors alike, and he was regarded as a tremendous leader."

He also had been an Air Force physician at Andrews Air Force Base until being discharged in 1978.

Dr. Arnold married Mary Sue Ray, a registered nurse and educator, in 1973. The following year, they moved to Ledger Hill, their Green Spring Valley home, where they raised cattle, horses and dogs, family members said.

Dr. Arnold earned the sobriquet of "Tractor Jack" from family and friends as he rode his tractor around his property. He enjoyed yardwork, whether it was tending his gardens, fixing fence posts or raking leaves.

"He did it all," his son said.

Dr. Arnold enjoyed dancing, family gatherings and spending summers vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.

He was a parishioner of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues in Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to his wife and son, Dr. Arnold is survived by two other sons, Edward "Teddie" Arnold of Baltimore and William "Billy" Arnold of New York City; a daughter, Mary "Molly" Falland of New York City; a sister, Susan Arnold of Delaware, Ohio; and two granddaughters.