Charles J. Arnold
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
Charles J. Arnold, 82, an Army press and public affairs officer who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1961, then served in a similar capacity for civilian agencies, died November 16,2000, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center of complications related to Parkinson's disease.
Colonel Arnold, who lived in Arlington, Virginia, was born in Little Rock and graduated from DePauw University in Indiana. He received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
He began his Army career in 1941 and served during World War II on General Douglas MacArthur's staff in the Pacific. After the war, he taught public relations at the Army War College, served at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in France, then in 1956 was assigned to the Pentagon as a public affairs officer.
Later, he worked for the American Legion, the Office of Civil Defense and the Treasury Department, where he retired in 1980 as public affairs officer.
In retirement, he was a speechwriter for Representative William B. Richardson (D-N.M.), who later became secretary of energy.
He was a member of the National Press Club and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Aida O. Arnold
of Arlington; four children, Aida E. Arnold of Antigonish, Nova Scotia,
M. Cristina Arnold, Charles J. Adams Arnold and Dorothee A. Arnold, all