|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1928|
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 2011|
US Marine Corps
Korean and Vietnam War Veteran
Obituary courtesy of Jerry Huffman 46859530
Publisher Arthur W. Arundel dead at 83
The Winchester Star - February 9, 2011
Deceased Name: Publisher Arthur W. Arundel dead at 83
Loudoun Times-Mirror and Fauquier Times-Democrat publisher Arthur W. "Nick" Arundel died Tuesday at his home near The Plains. He was 83 years old.
Arundel was to be named the Outstanding Virginian of 2011 by the Virginia General Assembly Tuesday.
Arundel grew up in Washington, D.C., and in Mason City, Iowa. He graduated from Harvard in 1951, a friend and classmate of Robert F. Kennedy, and served as a Marine Corps paratrooper in Korea, where he was wounded, earning the Purple Heart.
In 1954, Arundel parachuted behind the lines into Hanoi, leading a clandestine team to successfully destroy key installations there before Ho Chi Minh took over the city after the French loss at Dienbenphu.
Arundel left the Marine Corps in 1955 with the rank of captain, but returned to serve his country as a paramilitary officer attached to the CIA in Vietnam. He was wounded there, as well, earning a second Purple Heart.
Arundel was fond of telling the story of convincing Edward R. Murrow that he had the skills and drive necessary to become a reporter. Murrow was apparently swayed by the young former Marine, and sent Arundel to work as a Defense Department correspondent in the Washington bureau of CBS News. Arundel later joined United Press International, also covering the Defense Department.
After a stint as a special assistant to the Secretary of Commerce, and with a bank loan of $75,000 and the courage of his convictions, Arundel purchased radio station WARL, changing the name to WAVA.
A country music station, Arundel and his staff began reading wire service stories on the air when the popular morning D.J. was killed in a car crash on his way into work.
WAVA became, "the first all-news station in the world," Arundel said.
Over the ensuing years, Arundel built Arundel Comunications (ArCom, now Times Community Media), adding radio, television, and, with the 1963 purchase of the Loudoun Times-Mirror, newspapers.
"I fell in love with print journalism and left broadcasting," Arundel said. "I sold out of it. The money was in broadcasting, but the joy was in print. I was never in print journalism till I bought my first newspaper and walked in the door, sight unseen."
Arundel bought The Fauquier Democrat in 1974. At the pinnacle of his career as a newspaper publisher, ArCom operated 17 weekly community newspapers, in Fauquier, Culpeper, Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax counties. He also owned the Clarke-Times Courier in Berryville.
Arundel was also an avid horseback rider and fox hunter and founder of Great Meadow Field Events Center in The Plains.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy, and five children, all of whom also survive - Mrs. Donald DeWees of Wilmington, Del., Peter W. Arundel of McLean, Va., Ms. Wendy Arundel of Sherborn, Mass., John Arundel of Alexandria, Va., Thomas B. Arundel of Washington, D.C., and eleven grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: May 07, 2011
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