Arthur Alexander Dole Jr.



TRENTONArthur Alexander Dole Jr. of Trenton died on May 16, 2017, at Birch Bay Village in Bar Harbor surrounded by his loved ones. Art’s intelligence, humor and passion for nonviolence defined his long and varied life. Born in San Francisco on Oct. 25, 1917, he has been affectionately known as Danny, “Red,” “Old Dole” or simply Art.

He became a conscientious objector in World War II and continued to advocate for nonviolence throughout his life. He wrote a chapter about his journey as a pacifist in the book “A Few Small Candles: War Resistors of World War II Tell Their Stories” by Larry and Lenna Mae Gara.

While attending graduate school at the Ohio State University, he courted and married Marjorie Welsh in 1949. After completing his Ph.D. in psychology, he was offered a position at the University of Hawaii, where he and Marj lived and raised their three children for 15 years. When he retired from his last appointment at the University of Pennsylvania, he had chaired over 100 doctoral dissertations and authored more than 100 professional publications. His students loved him dearly and many considered themselves part of his extended family. After his retirement, he and Marj moved to Trenton, where he continued to write, travel and share his terrible puns.

Art was the only child of Ella Elizabeth Duncan and Arthur A. Dole Sr. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie Welsh Dole; children, Peter Dole and his wife, Jill; Steven Dole and his wife, Molly, and Barbara Dole Acosta; six grandchildren, Isaac, Nathan, and Sam, Alyssa, Margarita and Gabriela. Two great-grandchildren are Maya and Caroline.

The family would like to thank the staff at Birch Bay Retirement Village for the excellent care and support during his residency. A celebration of Art’s life is planned for October. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Friends Service Committee or the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

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