WAUKESHA

Richard 'Dick' Arnold

Richard "Dick" Arnold died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the age of 78 of leukemia.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Audrey (Key); sons, Devon (Joanne) and Thane; and two grandchildren, Trevor and Alyssa.

From his rural farm beginnings with one-room schoolhouses, Dick was a 1949 graduate and salutatorian of Whitewater City High School, a 1953 Bachelor of Education graduate of Whitewater College and a 1959 masterís graduate of the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

Dick came to Waukesha in 1953 and taught business education for 21 years. He served as president of the Wisconsin Business Education Association in 1961-62. Dick became vice principal of Waukesha South High School in 1974, and then served as principal from 1975 until retiring in 1988.

Dick loved sports, especially basketball. He played in multiple leagues and on as many as three teams in a season, earning 10 city and league titles and three personal scoring titles. A request to coach the high school tennis team touched off a lifetime of learning and love of another sport, tennis. He coached tennis for 19 years at Waukesha South and was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1981.

Dick was passionately involved in tennis on and off the court for more than 55 years. As a competitor in many tournaments and leagues, Dick was state ranked for a dozen years and accumulated many awards at the city, county, state and Midwest level. From 1963 until his death, Dick also served tirelessly on the administrative side of tennis as chairman of numerous committees and president of the Waukesha Tennis Association, the Wisconsin Tennis Association and the Midwest Tennis Association. He also went on to serve as an at-large member of the United States Tennis Association board of directors. Dick was honored with multiple prestigious awards for his contributions and years of service to tennis, including induction into the Midwest Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dick also officiated for tennis, volleyball and basketball for more than 20 years, served as Wisconsin chairman of officials, taught certification classes, and in 2005, received the Midwest Frank Dowling Award for tennis officiating excellence and contributions.

Dick loved Waukesha. He served as a Meals on Wheels substitute driver for 19 years, was a member of The Caring Place board, a charter member, president and International Hixon award recipient with the Waukesha Golden K Kiwanis, a charter board member of the Waukesha Tennis Association, and a board member and president of the Waukesha Civic Theatre. In the early 1960s, Dick started the Waukesha Park and Recreation tennis program. In the summer of 1974, he created a tennis excellence program that continues to this day serving aspiring young athletes. He helped the Park and Recreation Department and the Waukesha Tennis Association coordinate activities and events at the Woyahn Center for well over 20 years. He was honored in 1997 for his contributions to Waukesha tennis with the dedication in his name of a four-court expansion at the complex. Dick was very proud of the programs, people and funding that provided stimulus for the future of tennis in Waukesha.

Dick cherished his loving and supportive wife, his two beloved sons, his caring and compassionate daughter-in-law, the pleasure of watching two grandchildren mature, his 35 years in the Waukesha school system and his years of athletics and coaching.

"Betterment" was Dick Arnoldís focus in all his endeavors.

A visitation will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Waukesha South High School auditorium, 401 E. Roberta Ave., Waukesha (enter on west side of building), with a memorial service to follow.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.