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Spring 2019

In Memoriam: Robert Arnow (pictured right with Margaret Ward, Joan Arnow, and Tom de Witt)

Pictured L to R: Margaret Ward, Joan Arnow, Tom de Witt, and Bob ArnowAt the time of his passing on December 15, 2018, Robert “Bob” Arnow was one of Lasell College’s largest financial donors. He and his late wife, Joan Weiler Arnow ’49, are credited with philanthropic contributions of several milliondollar lead campaign gifts to the institution in a successful effort to revitalize its physical and academic footprint. Bob was a former College overseer and Lasell Village board member.

Former Lasell President Tom de Witt remembers Arnow as an entrepreneurial, dedicated philanthropist, and unparalleled confidant.

“I will never know a man like him again,” said de Witt.

The two enjoyed a strong friendship that carried them through the College’s transition to a co-educational institution, revitalization and creation of campus buildings through several fundraising campaigns. The Arnows’ gifts established the College’s first endowed faculty chair, created an endowed scholarship fund, and funded renovations to Winslow Academic Center and construction of the Joan Weiler Arnow Campus Center. The couple also provided annual support for the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL).

de Witt admired Bob and Joan’s unparalleled philanthropy juxtaposed against their desire for little recognition.

“There was something special about him and Joan,” says de Witt. “They were absolutely intriguing and at the same time, not flashy about what they did.”

In deflecting attention from their generosity, the Arnows surprised the former president in 2001 with the dedication of de Witt Hall in Winslow Academic Center.

“We were going to name it after Joan, in honor of her 50th reunion,” de Witt recalls. “And when they unveiled it with my name, you could see them glowing with happiness. That’s the kind of people they were.”

Bob’s generosity set new standards for philanthropy at Lasell, which in turn propelled the institution’s growth.

“When you have close friends like Bob, it is hard to ask for a million dollars at a time. But he made it so that I never even had to ask. He was a take-charge kind of guy, always ready to start a new campaign and fund new initiatives,” says de Witt.

“I have never known a man whom I have admired more. Even after his passing, he continues to have a profound impact on my family and on Lasell College.”

In Memoriam

Sarah Davies Giffin '37 | May 1, 2017
Leona St. Germain Landon '39 | March 5, 2016
Jeanne Daniels Wheeler '39 | January 27, 2018
Margaret Smith Wolcott '39 | March 14, 2018
Constance King Barnes '41 | March 5, 2018
Dorothy Lutz Fowler '42 | February 16, 2018
Catherine Nannery Rafferty '42 | August 21, 2017
Edna Lyons Cray '43 | May 11, 2016
Jean Behrle Wagner '43 | June 6, 2017
Carol Hart '44 | June 25, 2018
Millicent Gaieski McInerney '44 | March 11, 2018
Eunice Powers Buxton '45 | January 20, 2018
Elsie Simonds Follett '45 | February 10, 2018
Nancy Muzzey Woodrow '45 | August 7, 2017
Janith Kuhns Bergen '46 | February 1, 2018
Doris Crocker Easter '46 | February 3, 2018
Janet Lane Davila '47 | December 17, 2017
Alice Drown '47 | July 23, 2018
Janet Stearns Gille '47 | December 22, 2017
Esther Cornwell Osborne '47 | November 12, 2016
Ann Truex Dickinson '48 | May 10, 2017
Marilyn Jones '48 | August 12, 2018
Joanne Bossi True '48 | March 5, 2018
Dolores Winslow '48 | September 2, 2018
Sally Smith Brothers '50 | July 9, 2018
Anita Angelus Koulopoulos '50 | July 12, 2018
Deborah Lyons Beach '51 | June 21, 2018
Nancy Roetting Clifford '51 | February 17, 2018
Patricia Robinson Foster '51 | October 6, 2017
Alice Stover Kiehl '51 | March 18, 2018
Mary Ann Amon Robinson '52 | January 31, 2018
Carolie Painter Wildrick '52 | January 12, 2018
Joan Quinn Tucker '53 | February 27, 2018
Janet Sorensen Onanian '54 | April 4, 2018
Stephanie Purcell Barton '55 | February 22, 2018
Nancy Goodman Cobin '55 | July 29, 2018
Ann Daley '55 | July 16, 2018
Roberta Peel Franks '55 | June 27, 2018
Patricia Hollan Bird '56 | February 23, 2017
Patricia Luchka Butterworth '56 | July 11, 2018
Joan Deshefy Patenaude '57 | July 6, 2018
Lyndell Betzner '59 | July 21, 2018
Celinda Bankhead '64 | August 28, 2018
Karen Pedersen Silverthorn '65 | January 16, 2018
Jean Kelley Bendor '68 | February 26, 2018
Jane Cantlin '68 | September 1, 2018
Lee Ann White Fital '79 | March 1, 2018
Andrea Goodwin '83 | December 25, 2017
Cassandra Clark '14 | July 12, 2018
Alla O'Brien | July 24, 2018
David Lowry | June 29, 2018

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