Graveside services will be held Friday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. at South Park Cemetery for Arthur Robert McQuiddy, age 95, who died March 25 at Pecos Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, of heart failure. Rev. Dale Plummer of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will officiate.
Born August 22, 1918, in Sedalia, Missouri, Mr. McQuiddy, the son of Jesse Harris and Helen Nicholson McQuiddy, was a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri. He held the equivalent of a MBA from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and also was a graduate of The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC in public policy issues. At the University of Missouri he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and among other honors was president of QEBH, the Senior Men Honorary Fraternity.
During World War II, he served with distinction as a Naval Aviator throughout several Pacific campaigns. He was a pilot in one of the famous Black Cat Squadrons and was highly decorated for numerous air sea rescue missions.
McQuiddy moved to Roswell in the fall of 1946, when he became editor of the Roswell Morning Dispatch and liked to recall that he was editor of that paper on the day the flying saucer crashed near Roswell in July 1947. In 1949, he married Aleen Frampton Hinkle, daughter of Rolla and Marian Hinkle and granddaughter of Governor James F. Hinkle.
Subsequently, he became Executive Secretary of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and from that position commenced a career in corporate public relations, which included 19 years with United States Steel Corporation. He was appointed Director of Public Relations of USS in New York City, after working in Los Angeles, CA and Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1968, he joined International Harvester in Chicago in a senior executive position as Corporate Vice President-Communications. He won numerous professional honors, including being the first public relations executive to serve as president of the prestigious New York City newspaper chapter of Sigma Delta Chi and had several speeches he wrote included in the Congressional Record. In Chicago, he was elected Vice President of the National Safety Council and served as vice chairman of the Greater Chicago United Way. He and his wife retired to Roswell in 1980. Later, he served as the Director of Conventions and Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Specialist for Roswell through the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, re-retiring in 1991.
Art McQuiddy served as President of the Chaves County Historical Society, founded the CCHS Foundation, and was President of the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center Foundation for over 30 years. He had served on the boards of the United Way, the Roswell Symphony, the Roswell Museum and Art Center and its Foundation, and the State of New Mexico Humanities Commission. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and had served on the vestry in Roswell and Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Pioneer Savings Bank for 25 years.
Survivors include his daughter, Amanda and son-in-law Nicholas C. Kent; his brother-in-law, Rolla R. Hinkle II and his wife Marge; his two nephews, Rolla R. Hinkle III and his wife Rosemary; Madison M. Hinkle and his wife, Susan; two nieces, Patricia McQuiddy & Merry McQuiddy. His wife Aleen died in 2007 and his daughter Marian in 2006. His mother, his father and one brother, Edgar McQuiddy also preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the newly founded McQuiddy Mentorship Award, or to one’s favorite charity. Contributions can be sent to The McQuiddy Mentorship Award c/o Jim McClelland, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, 2602 N. Main Street, Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
The McQuiddy Mentorship Award
Arthur Robert McQuiddy was always a natural mentor. He loved listening to people, making connections and sharing his experiences and energy with them. Not only did his encouragement assist many young people into following their dreams, but he believed in helping them network, so they could find good practical work experience to advance in life.
He sat on many of Roswell’s boards helping to define and grow Roswell’s business and community organizations. Over the years, he gave much inspiration, encouragement and council to many who had the opportunity to sit with him and share a story or two. Art was a dedicated builder of a better Roswell.
To honor Art McQuiddy’s enduring spirit, the family has created a self-perpetuating memorial fund. The purpose being to bring together students who wish to continue their education through practical internship/mentor experiences with Roswell’s much deserving and hard working arts and humanities organizations.
Awards will be given annually to college students who apply to intern with a Roswell community organization such as: The Roswell Museum & Art Center, The Roswell Symphony Orchestra, Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, The Creative Learning Center, The Walker Air Museum, The Roswell Chamber of Commerce, The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, The Roswell Daily Record, The International UFO Museum and Research Center and special projects like the Robert Goddard Celebration.
The family has asked the Historical Foundation for Southeast New Mexico, which Mr. McQuiddy founded in 1978, to manage The McQuiddy Mentorship Award.
Contributions can be sent to The McQuiddy Mentorship Award c/o Jim McClelland, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, 2602 N. Main Street, Roswell, NM 88201, (575) 627-2123.