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Hugh Montgomery Arnold, Jr., 69, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Katharine “Kay” Saffold Arnold, died Friday evening, June 19, 2015, at Hospice Savannah after a brave battle against melanoma. He and Kay shared 13 years of marriage and over 45 years of friendship.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 1946, he was a son of the late Col. Hugh Montgomery Arnold, U. S. Army (Ret.) and the late Mary Quinn Arnold. Hugh graduated from Gordon Military Academy in 1964 and the University of Georgia in 1968, where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. After graduating, he served in the United States Army as a Vietnamese language interpreter from 1969-1971. Hugh earned his doctorate degree in Political Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1980. He was a professor of American Government and International Relations at Clayton State University from 1980 – 2008.

Hugh will be remembered for his many fine qualities: especially his dry wit, skill and joy in the game of golf, and his love of travel.

Hugh is survived by his wife, Kay Arnold; daughter, Erin Elizabeth Alley (Jonathan); brother, John C. Arnold (Shay); nieces, Maurie Arnold Drambel (Edward) and Seale Arnold Lindsay (Andrew), and their families, and three step-children, Katharine Rapkin Cohen (Aaron), Mary Rapkin Fogo (Justin) and Paul Michael Rapkin, and their families. He is also survived by his best buddy, Newman Bassethound Arnold.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, June 28, 2015, at the Wilmington Island Club. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cure CP (Cerebral Palsy) – Post Office Box 81993, Atlanta, Georgia 30366.

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  1. Marie and Paul Wilson says:

    Dear Kay: Paul and I are greatly saddened to hear of Hugh’s death. He was a lovely man and he will be sorely missed by many, including the folks at Wilmington Island Club. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time.
    Love, Marie.

  2. Stuart and Susan Herrick says:

    Dr. Arnold was quite a scholar of our political system and fascinating in his analysis thereof, as well as a wonderful citizen and friend. We know he was a cherished husband and .loving companion for Kay, and he enjoyed their combined large family at every opportunity for celebration and participation. As big sports fans ourselves, Stu and I so enjoyed sharing golf and football “fanship” with Hugh and always looked forward to his thoughts and comments on both. I’m sure all join in appreciation for his military service to our nation as well. So many were very fortunate to have Hugh touch their lives in so many positive ways.

  3. John Kohler says:

    Hugh Arnold was my friend and colleague for 35 years. I was his department chair for some of those years and although he was sometimes at odds with curriculum innovations pushed by a cautious and conservative administration, no teacher was more loved or had better teaching evaluations than Hugh Arnold. His students loved him; his insight and sometimes caustic analysis of conventional views delighted them.
    He had a unique sense of humor; so deadpan subtle that it could be missed unless you were on his wit wavelength. I was on it and he could always make me smile.
    He also loved to travel and in 1985 we both had the opportunity to travel in India as part of a Fulbright Study Abroad program. About half way through our stay, a constant diet of Indian food inflamed his Crohn’s disease and he had to return home early. Before he left I asked him to give my mother a call and let her know that we were all OK.
    Hugh had to spend some time in the hospital on his return and he told me he called my Mom as I had requested, but she repeatedly asked him to call again. Having little to do in the hospital bed he called her nearly every day for a while. When I spoke to my mother she said she had appreciated the call from my friend, but he just kept calling and calling. I recognized that Hugh had not understood my mother’s sense of Southern hospitality. At the close of each call she would doubtless say “Nice talking to you, please do call again” not meaning of course that he should actually do so. Eager to please and with little else to do in the hospital, Hugh would dutifully oblige.
    I will miss him.

  4. Darrel & Alyce Coffelt says:

    We wish we could be around Kay to be of some support for you and the kids. So sorry for your loss. Wish we had the opportunity to know Hugh better. He was a quiet person but had that humor going for him. I hung on his every word, you knew he had was very intellectual and had things to say. You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Matt O'Brien says:

    Hugh and I were both Professors in the Humanities, albeit at different universities in the Atlanta area. As such we had a lot in common but we found true kinship in both being able to see through–and laugh at–much of the pomposity and absurdity which mark the ways of so-called “higher education” and the academic life. In addition, we too both greatly enjoyed such pastimes as competitive golf (in his prime he was a superb player), pub Team Trivia, and laying a college football wager or three, activities not usually associated with the starchy “cap and gown” crowd. So, old buddy, farewell and Godspeed as you head into the beyond–get us starting-times, a table reservation, and maybe an odds sheet. We’ll be coming along soon.

  6. SUSAN DANIEL says:

    Hugh was a wonderful friend from Gordon. He, his brother, Jerry Beavers, Jennie and Millie Ramsey, Laura Harris and myself ate pizza and danced nearly every Friday night to 60s music greats.
    What a smart and gentle soul he was. I caught up with him in Morrow, since my sister was attending some of his classes. He was still a gentle soul and I found out then he was to marry. I am glad he had those years of happiness.

    with sympathy, Susan B. Daniel

  7. Thomas George says:

    I was doing a search on the web for some of my former professors when I ran across the sad news that Dr. Arnold had passed. He was my Political Science teacher. He also happened to teach me golf!

    In Dr. Arnold I found someone who truly enjoyed politics – regardless of state or nation. He also had a passion for teaching and I learned a lot from him. He made it a point to attend any related presentation I did – regardless of the teacher. We remained friends for the entire time I was a student – and then employee – at Clayton State.

    Although he has been gone for four years, I am devastated by the news. While I will miss him always, I will also treasure all the wonderful moments I got to spend with him.

    I will see you on the other side, Sir.


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