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George Stanleigh Arnold

Male 1881 - 1942  (60 years)

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  1. 1.  George Stanleigh Arnold was born on 3 Apr 1881 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut; died on 18 Jan 1942 in Marin, California.


    His daughter Elizabeth's obituary in the Marin Independent Journal (20 Sep 1992, reproduced at calls him "a prominent San Francisco attorney", but also refers to him, apparently in error, as "Eugene Arnold." Elizabeth's son Tom Whitmore confirms that his name was George Stanleigh Arnold, and adds that he was a Yale man known to friends as "Big Stan."

    From his Yale obituary:

    Admitted to practice in Connecticut 1906 and California 1910, in office of Talcott H Russell ['69], New Haven, 1906; law examiner United States Forest Service, Washington, D C , 1906-09, lawyer in San Francisco 1909-42 (member Denman & Arnold 1911-18); special assistant to United States Attorney General in oil-land litigation 1913; San Francisco representative for President Wilson's Commission on Mediation and Conciliation 1917; member War Labor Policies Board, Washington, 1918-19, special assistant to Attorney General of United States in charge NRA litigation 1934-35; chairman emergency boards created by President Roosevelt in 1936 and 1937 under provisions of Railway Labor Act to investigate and report on railway labor disputes; chairman of a three-man board created by the President in 1941 to investigate wage dispute between ore dock workers of Duluth-Supenor district and rail carriers, president Pacific States (now Coos Bay) Lumber Company 1926-27 and Katharine Branson School, Ross, Calif, 1939-42; vice-president California Fish and Game Commission; director San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Save-the-Redwoods League; Boy Scout Commissioner Mann County, president Yale Alumni Association of Northern California 1921-23 and representative on Alumni Board 1923-42, California State chairman Yale Law School Association 1921; member University Club of San Francisco (president 1925-29) and St John's Church (Episcopal), Ross.

    George married Elizabeth Sherman Thatcher Kent on 26 Feb 1915 in Washington, D.C.. Elizabeth (daughter of Rep. William Kent and Elizabeth Thacher) was born on 8 Jan 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois; died on 12 Jan 1952 in Marin, California. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. 2. Elizabeth Sherman "Bibba" Arnold  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 2 Dec 1915 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California; died on 18 Sep 1992 in Los Altos, Santa Clara, California.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Elizabeth Sherman "Bibba" Arnold Descendancy chart to this point (1.George1) was born on 2 Dec 1915 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California; died on 18 Sep 1992 in Los Altos, Santa Clara, California.


    Elizabeth 'Bibbs' [sic] Arnold of Los Altos, a mathematician, environmentalist and wildlife advocate who helped crack the Japanese code during World War II, died Friday, Sept. 18, 1992, at her Los Altos Hills home of lung cancer. She was 76.

    A native of San Francisco, Dr. Arnold was reared in Marin County and was the oldest grandchild of Rep. William Kent, for whom the city of Kentfield was named.

    The daughter of a prominent San Francisco attorney, Eugene Arnold, she attended the Katherine Branson School in Ross and graduated first in her class in 1932. The school later named a day in her honor after she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Vassar College in her junior year.

    After graduating from Vassar in 1937, Dr. Arnold earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941.

    During World War II, Dr. Arnold was recruited by the Navy and worked on a team of cryptographers cracking Japanese codes, for which she received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

    In the 1960s, Dr. Arnold worked on machine language translation at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Inc.

    After her retirement in 1969, Dr. Arnold helped establish a recycling center in Los Altos and worked with Wildlife Rescue, helping injured animals.

    Dr. Arnold is survived by her husband of 46 years, Dr. William Francis Whitmore of Los Altos; four sons, Charles Whitmore of Washington, D.C., Edward Whitmore of San Francisco, Thomas Whitmore of Oakland and Peter Whitmore of Victoria, B.C. Also surviving are her brothers, George Stanleigh Arnold of Kentfield, Peter Arnold of Grass Valley and Anthony Arnold of Novato.


    Note that the above obituary is in error in two respects. Her father was George Stanleigh Arnold, not Eugene Arnold; and her family nickname was "Bibba", not "Bibbs."

    Her page at the Mathematics Genealogy Project is here, showing her to be a generation of advisors closer to Felix Klein than her husband was.


    Elizabeth Sherman Arnold and William Francis Whitmore were 7th cousins, both being 6XG-grandchildren of Col. John Lane (1661-1715) and Susanna Whipple (1661-1713).

    Elizabeth married William Francis Whitmore on 1 Nov 1946. William (son of Charles Edward Whitmore and Elizabeth Manning Gardiner) was born on 6 Jan 1916 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried on 6 Jan 1996. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. 3. Thomas Sherman Whitmore  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 10 Feb 1953 in Washington, D.C..

Generation: 3

  1. 3.  Thomas Sherman Whitmore Descendancy chart to this point (2.Elizabeth2, 1.George1) was born on 10 Feb 1953 in Washington, D.C..