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Arthur E. "Army" Armitage
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Birth: Feb. 27, 1891
East Orange
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1981
Camden County
New Jersey, USA


Arthur E. " Army" Armitage, 90, former mayor of Collingswood, N.J., died Friday at West Jersey Hospital's Northern Division in Camden. He held the mayor's post from 1936 to 1969 and at the time he stepped down had the longest continuous tenure of an American mayor. He enjoyed almost every minute of it. When he was honored for his length of service in 1966 by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, he congratulated his colleagues, most of whom were from the northern part of the state, on finally discovering " something in South Jersey." " Everyone thinks the state ends at Trenton," he told the group, " but that's where it begins. "Admitting that he had been born in North Jersey - in East Orange - and had been reared in Newark, he said that although young, he was still " smart enough to move to South Jersey." He accepted the conference's honors, he said, in the name of the " people of Collingswood who had common sense enough to elect me." The veteran Republican leader, who managed such diverse careers as insurance man, college founder, law school president, sports official, civic leader and youth worker, started work at the age of 12, accepting a post in the West Orange laboratories of inventor Thomas Alva Edison. He spent the next 4 1/2 years in experiments, most involving storage batteries. He played football and worked his way through Gettysburg College before taking a series of job with YMCAs in West Orange, Carneys Point and, in 1916, with Camden's Central YMCA. He worked as general secretary of Camden County's Y for 20 years and subsequently served as a trustee and a member of the YMCA's board of directors. Recognizing the need for higher education in the southern of the state, in 1926 he founded the South Jersey Law School on Federal Street. Bit by bit, the law school grew into the College of South Jersey and Mr. Armitage became its president. In 1950, the state stepped in and the school and college became the Camden campus of Rutgers University. The campus administration building was named in his honor - Armitage Hall. His interest in education led to his appointment to the state Board of Education. He served as its president, and was also president of the state Association of Colleges and Universities. He held an equally strong interest in athletics and organized and served as president of the South Jersey Association of Football Officials. He also served as president of the New Jersey Association of Football Officials. For 30 years, he officiated in the Interacademic League, the Philadelphia high school league. He was a member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Eastern Intercollegiate Football Officials Association and was honored for his work by the National Football Hall of Fame in 1964 ceremonies. Somehow, during the period, he also found time for business. He decided in 1933 to go into the insurance business and founded the Collingswood insurance
company that carries his name. He remained active in the firm, most recently serving as its secretary-treasurer, until his death. Active in a wide range of civic groups, he was frequently honored. He was named Man of the Year by the New Jersey Manufacturers Assocation and was presented with the Judge William Boyle Award by the Camden County Bar Association. He served as president of the Camden Couunty Mayors Association and the Camden County Rotary Club, was a member of the executive boards of the Camden
County Boy Scout and Girl Scout Councils and served as a trustee of the Camden Home for Children, Goodwill Industries of South Jersey and the United Fund. A Mason and a Shriner, he was a past potentate of the Crescent Temple. He was a member of the Tavistock and Seaview Country Clubs and of the New Jersey Society of Pennsylvania. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia; a son, Arthur E. Jr.; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister. A viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Foster's Funeral Home, Haddon and Lees Avenues, Collingswood. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Park and Dill Avenues in Collingswood. Entombment will be in the Walt Whitman Chapel of Harleigh Cemetery, Camden. 
Harleigh Cemetery
Camden County
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Dec 28, 2012
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Arthur E. Army Armitage
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