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 Login to read more