Let the memory of my Dad, Ian Arnof, be with us forever
  • 76 years old
  • Born on July 26, 1939 in McCrory (born in Memphis, TN - the closest hospita, Arkansas, United States.
  • Passed away on February 27, 2016 in Carmel, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ian Arnof, 76, born on July 26, 1939 and passed away on February 27, 2016. We will remember him forever. My siblings and I have received so many lovely emails, and we wanted to create a space to collect memories about my Dad, Ian Arnof.  He had 4 wonderful grandchildren - Kaley, Ellie, Keevan, and Sander.  We would like for them to have the opportunity to know my Dad though his whole life, not just his final years.  Please share stories that you know of my Dad throughout his life (and there is a place for pictures, too).  If you knew my Mom, you are welcome to share stories of her life, too. Many thanks, Lindy Arnof Kearns, Ian N. Arnof, and Paige Arnof-Fenn


First, we want to thank the many people who have donated to CHOMP (Carmel's hospital) on my Dad's behlaf.  He spent much of his retirement helping them to raise money, and they provided him the very best service through his final years.  

A good friend of my Dad's, David Erwin, also started a research grant on my Dad's behalf.  If you are still looking for a way to remember my Dad, please consider donating to: http://www.leukemiacup.org/pages/msla/nola16/derwin , the fund that David Erwin and others put together on my Dad's behalf.  My Dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma roughly 5 years before he passed, which is why David chose this organization.  Many thanks, David, for your thoughtfulness!



Posted by Marilyn Bongiorno on 14th February 2018
I am the youngest of the "Elam" girls, Joyce, we lived next to the Arnofs in McCrory, Arkansas for years. I spent most of my young life playing with Ian and Ann. In Ann's playhouse or around the pool with Ian, Ann, and sister Katie. Your Great Grandmother Sis, would put all of us in her car and take us to town for ice cream. Ian was a great young boy, fun and fair. I knew he was destined to be a wonderful man. We moved to Michigan and the Arnofs moved to New Orleans. Lost touch unfortunately, but read of Ian's passing in the Arkansas paper. We contacted Ann in New York to express our sadness of his loss. Just know that even as a young boy, he was the best!
Posted by Leslie Wimmer on 5th June 2016
I spent much of my young childhood in the Arnof household in Memphis as Paige and I, along with our parents, were friends. I do recall that Paige had plastic figures of all of the U.S. Presidents in her bedroom. It was quite unusual in that era for a young girl to have anything not related to dolls or typical girl things in her room. Ian encouraged his kids to be independent thinkers with goals at a young age. Years later, I recall being invited to Pritikin for dinner on an annual basis when Ian was visiting Los Angeles. My husband and I would stop for a real dinner after visiting Ian as the food at Pritikin was tasteless and bland to say the least. It was always great to visit with Ian, even if it meant eating a meal of zucchini with no salt, oil, or butter. Ian was an incredible man who made a difference in many young people's lives, especially so many students at Vanderbilt. Ian is certainly missed.
Posted by Wendy Kopp on 24th April 2016
I met Ian years ago, in the earlier years of working to build and sustain Teach For America and our presence in New Orleans. I always refer to this work of ours as a search for allies, and Ian was one of those natural allies. He believed so much in our work to ensure that all children, irrespective of the circumstances of their birth, should have an equal opportunity to fulfill their true potential. He also believed in our people -- our young, idealistic, deeply committed teachers and alumni and staff -- and treated them with such respect and care. He was so generous and generative in finding ways to support us and to leverage the support of others. I'll always remember Ian's incredible personal thoughtfulness and all that he did, before Teach For America was a thriving enterprise, to support our cause. His legacy will certainly live on through our work. My heart goes out to all his family and friends; it is so difficult to withstand the loss of such a rare and special person. With deepest sympathy, Wendy Kopp (founder, Teach For America)
Posted by Wayne Feinsteinwaynefeins... on 22nd April 2016
I was a newer friend of Ian, having only met in the winter of 2004. He'd met my colleague at a Stanford Economic Forum, and having a few months earlier heard Charly Ellis praise Capital Group as an investor, asked to meet. My first meeting at his Carmel home lasted 3 hours, without any wasted time. Within weeks he was a client having established 3 accounts for Paige, Ian, and Lindy to help them learn about investing--since they would one day inherit his estate. He was one of the most thoughtful, generous and kind men I'd known, and I always looked forward to our conversations and meetings. I saw Ian only 3 weeks before he passed. While a bit frail, I had no idea of imminent death, and was truly shocked when I learned. His living legacy are his 3 children and 4 grandchildren. May his memory be a blessing to his family and friends.

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