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Ossining Botanist, Marijean Arnold Dies at 87

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Marijean Clark Arnold, of Ossining, died Feb. 10 at her home. She was 87. 

Arnold was born on a farm in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to a Quaker family. She graduated from Earlham College in 1947 and spent a year in Mexico with the American Friends Service Committee. She then worked with the Council of Student Travel in New York City, London and Paris, as well as onboard student ships.  

On Nov. 17, 1956, she married William I. Arnold and they settled in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. In 1963, she moved to an old Ossining farmhouse and went on to teach and create exhibits at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining during its first 25 years.  

She was also active with Saw Mill River Audobon, where she designed their butterfly garden. After her family, Arnold's lifelong interests were birds, botany and travel.

Arnold is survived by her husband William, her sons William C. Arnold and David W. Arnold, her daughter Susan, a daughter-in-law, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services will be private. Funeral arrangements are under Beecher Funeral Home in Pleasantville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining, N.Y. 10562 or Saw Mill River Audobon, 275 Millwood Rd., Chappaqua, N.Y. 10514.


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