Robert's Story

NEW SMYRNA BEACH - 1926-2015

"Bob" Arnold passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 8th surrounded by family after a short illness.

He is survived by his three sons; Robert David (Pamela) of Portsmouth, VA, Richard Edward of Richmond, VA and Ronald Scott (Denise) of Royal Oak, MI; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was predeceased by his wife Gloria Arnold (Polyot) in 2010.

Bob was born in 1926 to Mary and Howard Arnold of Bangor, Maine. He served notably in WWII and returned to Maine to earn his BA at the University of Maine Orono. He later had successful careers in both radio and television in Portland. Bob later switched to academia and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Ohio University. After a stint at Western University (Illinois), Bob moved his family to Florida in 1968 to become a charter member of the then Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida), as a professor in communications, progressing to become the Director of the Office of Instructional Resources. Along the way, he helped create campus television and radio stations and played a key role in creating the communications network that has now become WUCF television. After 38 years of service, he retired from UCF in 1996, but remained and always will be a UCF Knight.

Bob lived a full and rich life full of travel and adventure. In his later years Bob and Gloria traveled the world and enjoyed their lives in New Smyrna Beach. Bob continued his life-long love affair with the state of Maine and traveled there during summers until just a few years ago.

Per his request, no services will be held, but all his friends should pause and remember the good times, fun and class that Bob Arnold brought to this world.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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