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In Memory of
James A. Arnett
July 4, 1938 - June 5, 2019

Tuesday, June 11th 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral

James Anthony Arnett, age 80, of Columbus Ohio passed away on June 5th, 2019.

James was a graduate of Westerville High School, class of 1956, and Otterbein University, earning a degree in math and physics in 1961. He also earned a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1984 from The Ohio State University, where he worked as a professor and psychologist until he retired in 2001. He was a true Renaissance man. He was a musician, artist, scholar, and never stopped learning.

James was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Hoon) Arnett. Survived by daughters Joanne, Barbara (David Humphreys), and Sarah; grandchildren Elisse, Stephen, and Sophie; brother Robert Arnett; sisters Margaret (Lynn) Forster, and Mary Joan (Ken Hares) Arnett; brother-in-law Edward (Cheryl) Hoon, and nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at Saint Joseph Cathedral, 212 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 10 a.m., Rev. Fr. Cyrus Haddad, celebrant. A reception in his honor will follow at the Columbus Athenaeum, 32 North 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of The Ohio State University, or the St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus Ohio. Condolences at


Kimberly Bosko

Jun 8, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Arnett family for the passing of Jim. May the hardship of the loss be filled with the memories, teachings, and love he left with us all. All my love, Kimberly Bosko


Kitty Rohrer

Jun 9, 2019

To the Arnett Family: I worked with Jim at Dodd Hall for years and enjoyed both working with him and getting to know him. It's interesting that you chose a picture of him as Santa. For Jim's Retirement Party I wrote a "Kitty's Ditty" for Jim to the rhyme and rhythm of "The Night Before Christmas". It summed up what a wonderful and special man Jim was and how much I admired him! I have no idea where that poem is now, but if I run across it, I will send it on. Jim will be missed, but his spirit will live on in all those who knew him and whose lives he touched! You are in my prayers. God Bless you all! Kitty Rohrer


John Corrigan

Jun 9, 2019

Dear Joanne, Barbara & Sarah, I am so sorry to hear that your father has died. For many years Jim was a big part of my life at Dodd. We shared a lot--he was my first supervisee and first partner in the practice. His demeanor was one of a kind, truly epitomizing "still waters run deep". Many times Jim brought me back down to earth, whether from a rash idea for the Division or an outbreak of my Irish temper. It was rare, but if he ever did get angry I knew this was an important issue we had to address. I loved his Renaissance spirit and admired his musical talent. He entertained at several of our Holiday parties. I was also taken by the grace with which he accepted his Parkinsonism diagnosis. He clearly would have preferred not to have it, but he was not going to let it get the better of him. He succeeded at that--and once again making us all better people by the example he set. I missed him after he retired and I will miss him now. I look forward to seeing you Tuesday. John Corrigan


patricia croyle winterhalter

Jun 9, 2019

We were classmates at St. Augustine Elememtary, where we enjoyed him as he performed on the cafeteria piano after quickly eating our lunches. He sat behind me in second grade where one day I turned around abruptly, knocking over his thermos. As it hit the floor, heard the glass break and felt terrible. Apologized, and he took it well, but always felt bad for there was no way at that time, I could replace his thermos. Hope he had a wonderful life, as we classmates knew he could accomplish anything he attempted. May heaven be all he hoped for and more. patti


Jennifer Ann Bogner

Jun 11, 2019

Dear Sarah, Barbara and Joanne, My heart goes out to you on the loss of your Dad. Jim was such a wise man and I am fortunate to have had him as one of my earliest role models. He always knew how to look beyond the immediate press to consider the big picture and larger implications. He appreciated life, and all of the wonderful ways that we can nurture and enjoy it. My husband Pat loved talking to Jim about their musical gigs, and enjoyed the chance to play with him at his birthday party. He and Liz introduced me to a Grateful Dead that was an experience I will always remember!! I didn't know you could make cheese sandwiches with an iron! Truly, we will both miss him dearly. I consider myself blessed to have had the chance to know him and your Mom. Jenny Bogner and Pat Drumm


Van V Ludy

Jun 11, 2019

Liz, My deepest and sincere condolences. Van Ludy


Van V Ludy

Jun 11, 2019

I'm so sorry. I did not know Liz preceded James. I apologize for any hurt this may have caused the family. Van Ludy