Founder of Scofield Passes Away

David R. Arnold of L.M. Scofield Co. passed away Dec. 18, 2007, at the age of 84. The former chairman of L.M Scofield, Arnold was the driving force behind Scofield’s growth for almost four decades, according to a statement released by the company. “Far beyond Scofield, his pioneering vision and leadership helped define and create the architectural and decorative concrete industry of today,” it said.

Dave Arnold received his B.S. in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology at age 19 and served as one of the youngest commissioned officers in the Navy. He started a career as a professional engineer and worked as a manager of engineering and construction services for Signal Oil Co. In 1962, the Arnold family acquired Scofield, and Dave became the company’s general manager.

Arnold created “engineered systems” of compatible families of products that were formulated to enhance the strength and durability of concrete while achieving consistent performance and appearance. He also promoted the advantages of integrally colored concrete for all kinds of horizontal and vertical construction projects. He developed comprehensive Tech-Data Bulletins for Scofield products, and they became the basis for the development of industry standards, including the Construction Specifications Institute Spec-Data program.

On behalf of the decorative concrete community, Concrete Decor magazine and its staff offer our deepest condolences and warm wishes to the Arnold family. David Arnold’s presence will be missed, but his legacy endures.

The Arnold family has designated the Braille Institute of America as the recipient of donations made to the David R. Arnold Memorial Fund.

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