LEWISTON -- Arnold F. McKenney, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at Central Maine Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 10, 1917, in Portland, the son of Marie and Marlowe McKenney.
He attended schools in Falmouth and graduated from Colorado State University in 1955. He was in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 and served with the 240th Infantry National Guard in the Navy in World War II.
He worked as a machinist with the Industrial Development Corporation and Williams Brothers in Portland. He was a vocational instructor at Portland Evening School, at Rockland High School and in Florence, Colo., and later served as assistant vocational director for the state of Colorado and director of trade and industrial education for the state of Maine. In 1964, he became the director of the Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Auburn. In 1970, he joined the James River Corp. as training coordinator and retired in 1982. He also worked for the Oxford Paper Co. as training director and earned engineers licenses with the Central Wharf and Towboat Co.
During the years 1964 through 1970, he served on the Advisory Commission for Higher Education in Maine, the Higher Education Planning Commission for the University of Maine, the Advisory Commission for the Employment Security Commission and the State of Maine Manpower Commission.
He was a member of the Deering Lodge A.F. & A.M., The Rumford Chapter of Masons, the Strathless Commandary; and a former member of the Dixfield Lions Club and the Lewiston and Auburn and Rumford Rotary clubs. He was an honorary life member of the New England Industrial Arts Association, a 50-year life member of Engine 3 of the Falmouth Fire Department and a former member of the Portland Retired Fireman's Association.
While in Augusta, he was instrumental in development of legislation for the training of firefighters in Maine. He served as guest instructor at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine and initiated legislation for the granting of credits for trade experience toward granting degrees for vocational instructors. He developed and started the Twin Cities Square Dance Club in Auburn, was a member of the Lewiston and Auburn Ice Skating Club and a lifetime supporter of skiing in Maine.
He is survived by his wife, Adelaide, of Auburn; two daughters, Beth Ring of Topsham and Judith Pruitt of Gig Harbor, Wash.; one son, David, of Laguna Beach, Calif.; a sister, Marilyn Fogg, of Falmouth; one brother, Norman, of California; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
At the family's request, services and burial will be private. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by the family owned Dillingham & Son Memorial Chapel, 784-6449.