He served on the council from 1961 to 1971, a harsh decade of a political split between so-called "establishment" versus slow-growth/no-growth "residentialists." He was on the establishment side.
Yet as a council member, he was consistently soft-spoken and often wove a twist of wry humor into his comments. He also wrote down and carefully edited his comments, holding them to a few main points he wanted to make.
He was born on April 3, 1918, in Findlay, Ohio. He studied government at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1940 after serving as editor of the campus humor magazine, The Lyre.
He met Margaret West on a blind date in Princeton, New Jersey. They were married on June 26, 1942, in Live Oak, Florida. He served in the U.S. Army medical service from early 1943 through the end of World War II, and he and Margaret settled in Palo Alto following the war, beginning their family.
Their four children are Heidi Arnold of Redwood City, Nancy Goodno of Seattle, Marti Alston of Detroit and James "Jas" Arnold of San Diego. He is predeceased by his grandson, Jesse, while his granddaughter, Meagan Olson, lives in San Diego. His wife Margaret died in 2011.
He was a stockbroker for a variety of firms, including J. Earle May & Co., Mitchum Jones & Templeton and Kidder Peabody & Co., finally working as an independent investment adviser. He served on the board of governors of the National Association of Security Dealers, the predecessor to Nasdaq.
Many of his community activities preceded his 1960 decision to run for the City Council in the spring 1961 election — then held in odd years for the 15-member council. He served on the board of trustees for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and was an emeritus advisory board member for the Palo Alto Community Fund. He served as president of the Mayor's Council of Santa Clara County.
He also served as president of the Peninsula Kiwanis Club and was also active in the Cubberley High School PTA and the Palo Alto Girl Scout Council. He and Margaret were founding members of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. He was a member of the Palo Alto Club, and supported charities and causes focused on the study of multiple sclerosis, his church and several health organizations.
"I have been privileged to live and work in Palo Alto, and make a modest contribution to its city government," he said in his 1960 announcement in the Palo Alto Times. "As councilman I would hope to expand that contribution in an effective and intelligent manner."
Yet his three terms as mayor (1965 to 1966 and 1968 to 1970) were frustrating to him, marked by the council/community split on growth and later by disruptions by a radical pro-housing group, when "establishment" took on a broader countercultural meaning.
A memorial service for Arnold has been scheduled for noon Saturday, Aug. 30, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Palo Alto Community Fund, P.O. Box 50634, Palo Alto, CA 94303, and Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, CA 94301.
— Jay Thorwaldson
Antoinette "Toni" Conrad, a longtime resident of Palo Alto and the Bay Area, died on June 23. She was 91.
She was born on Oct. 9, 1922, to Joseph and Dora Gattuccio, both immigrants from Sicily. She was raised on her family's orchards in the San Jose area. She graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1940 and went on to earn a nursing degree from San Jose State University and a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
After working as a nurse in San Francisco for years, she married Walter "Hank" Conrad in 1953. The couple moved to Palo Alto, where they raised their three children and lived for more than 50 years. She worked in Palo Alto as a nursery school teacher, school nurse and a teacher's aide in special education and hearing-impaired classes. Following some health problems, she moved to Gilroy to be near her daughter, Ann.
Her pastimes included playing tennis, tending to her garden and doting on children and animals.
She is survived by her son, Thomas (Sally) Conrad of Katonah, New York; daughter, Ann (Robert) Barham of Gilroy; daughter, Susan (Timothy Pfeiffer) Conrad of Portland, Oregon; and three grandchildren, Noel, Julia and Emily.
A memorial service was held on June 30 at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
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