Charles “Treat” Arnold

Hanover, N.H. — Charles “Treat” Arnold, 84, died on peacefully on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, surrounded by his children.

He was born on Nov. 7, 1928, to Archibald Vincent Arnold and Margaret (Cornell) Treat Arnold and was raised on Army posts in Kansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington and California. He attended the Hotchkiss School before earning an A.B. in Physics from Williams College in 1950. In 1951, he enlisted in the army and completed parachute training, Officer Candidate School and served in Korea as an artillery forward observer earning a Bronze Star in 1953.

He earned a M. Arch at the University of Pennsylvania in 1956. During his summers he worked on pipeline construction in Louisiana and housing in Quebec. It was there, in Hudson P.Q., that he met and married Mary “Molly” Francis White in 1955. They settled in Philadelphia where he joined the firm Montgomery, Bishop and Arnold and began to raise his family. In 1959, after being awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study architecture at Waseda University, the family sailed to Japan where they learned enough of the language to survive in the small village of Kamakura for 18 months before returning eastward around the world aboard a French freighter.

The family moved to Hanover in 1971 where he joined Banwell, White and Arnold Architects until his retirement in 1995. His Japanese influence can be seen in many of his projects in the Upper Valley and throughout the country. He was the recipient several design awards and was particularly proud of those related to energy conservation, particularly “daylighting”.

He was the president of the New Hampshire Chapter of the AIA from 1976 – 1979 and served on the Lebanon Planning Board and as a member of the Board of Directors at Kendal of Hanover.

His life was greatly influenced by over 80 summers spent at a remote family camp in the Adirondacks. He was a skilled water color painter and potter and avid water and alpine skier, windsurfer and tennis player. The family was never without a dog under foot.

Treat was predeceased by his wife, Molly, and is survived by Charlie, Lettie, Abi and Treat Arnold; St.John, Susan, Audrey, Mary, Sie and Satchel Arnold; Mia, Doug, Mason and Lydia Vogt. He was an amazing patriarch and lived his life with gusto and enthusiasm, encouraging his family to do the same

A service will be held at 2 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in the Gathering Room at Kendall of Hanover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cadbury Fund at Kendal of Hanover.