MISSOULA – Arnold I. Finklin passed peacefully on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at age 87. He was predeceased by his beloved parents, Anna and Joseph Finkelstein, and his dear sister, Harriet Hacker. He is survived by his beloved nephew and niece, Bill and Gloria Hacker.
Arnold will be missed by his friends, dear neighbors and associates at the U.S. Forest Service Fire Lab where he worked for 25 years, as well as by those he knew in Fellowship at the Unitarian Universalist and Har Shalom congregations. For years he volunteered at KUFM, sharing his extensive music collection and love of folk music over the airwaves on the “Folk Show.” Those who shared in the pleasure of his music will miss him.
Born Feb. 5, 1926, in Patterson, N.J., he graduated with a B.A. in meteorology from NYU in 1948, receiving his master’s degree from Colorado State University’s Atmospheric Science Department. He worked as a research meteorologist from 1949 until retirement, authoring and co-authoring many research papers. Even after officially retiring, Arnold maintained connections with fellow co-workers and researchers.
For decades up until his death, he monitored a weather station in his yard, part of a unique citizen network sending data to the National Weather Service to monitor climate change. He received many awards for his dedicated service including the Thomas Jefferson Award and the John Campanius Holm Award, two of the more prestigious awards from the National Weather Service for unusual and outstanding citizen achievements in the field of meteorological observations.
Arnold was an avid skier and hiker, and only health limitations in his late 70s kept him from navigating the slopes and mountains. He enjoyed nature photography as well as loving all types of music, particularly classical and folk. Arnold himself played the banjo and guitar in earlier years. On occasion, Arnold would demonstrate his yodeling skills. Arnold, you will be missed.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at 11:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 102 McLeod, Missoula. Graveside services will be held Monday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7405 Mullan Road, Missoula.
In lieu of flowers the family would welcome donations to Five Valleys Land Trust, Montana Public Radio, Montana Wilderness Association, or the American Cancer Society, per Arnold’s interests.