Halburn Clinton Arnett, D.M.D, 88, passed away on February 5, 2017.
He was born May 29, 1928 at home on the family farm in Mayfield, KY to Samuel and Lola Allen Arnett. The youngest of six children, Dr. Arnett excelled in sports while a student at Mayfield High School and was selected to the Kentucky All State Basketball and Football teams. Recognizing that his athletic skill and discipline could be a way to obtain a college education, upon graduation from high school, Dr. Arnett hitchhiked to Waco, TX, where he was awarded a scholarship to play basketball at Baylor University. His sophomore year he transferred to the University of Louisville, where he lettered in football, coached by the legendary Frank Camp. While at U of L he also lettered in track. As a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity he formed lifelong friendships. His final year of college was at Western Kentucky University where he earned his B.S. in 1950. Returning to U of L, Dr. Arnett attended the School of Dentistry and graduated in the class of 1954. While in dental school, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Sigma Delta, Phi Delta Fraternities and served as president of the Student Council. Most importantly, it was while he was in Dental School that Dr. Arnett met and married the love of his life, Terry Kuhn. After a one year internship at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C., Hal and Terry moved to Tampa, FL where he spent two years active duty as a captain in the Air Force Dental Corps at MacDill Air Force Base. Though Hal loved Florida, the draw of home and family in Kentucky was stronger. In other words, Terry was homesick. In 1957 he opened his office on the 8th floor of the Starks Building in Louisville where he practiced reconstructive and aesthetic dentistry for over 30 years. A recognized innovator and leader in his profession , Dr Arnett was constantly researching and testing new techniques and equipment that could enhance the quality of the dental office and improve the health and comfort of the patient. He was often asked to teach as guest clinician before various dental organizations and schools, including the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, American Dental Association, Atlanta Dental Society, and others in the field of Dental Auxiliary Utilization and Practice Management. He was a member of the Louisville Dental Society, past President of the Kentucky Academy of General Dentistry , member of the Kentucky Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the International Academy of Laser Dentistry, and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (and member of its National Board of Directors).
Although he was not ready to retire, once the children were educated and on their own, Hal persuaded Terry to return to the Florida sunshine. They moved to Naples, FL where he practiced cosmetic and laser dentistry for 20 more years. After some health setbacks, Hal and Terry returned to Louisville in 2012 to be close to their family. Hal always remembered kindnesses extended to him in his life and the people who helped him when he was working his way through school and starting his practice. He and Terry always made it a priority to do the same for others. They helped people in need through their membership and many hours of volunteer work with community organizations. They encouraged and loved helping young people who needed a ""hand up"" while working their way through school and starting out in their careers. Hal continued to volunteer as a dentist for the disadvantaged and elderly until he was 80 years old.
Hal was a pilot, a Mason, loved playing the musical saw, boating, fishing, traveling and tailgating in his motor home, the beach, tennis, U of L athletics, and traveling the world; but mostly he loved spending time with his family and friends. He and Terry were members of the Louisville Boat Club, The Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, The Naples Cruise Club, and Windermere Country Club. They were among the founding members of Hunting Creek Country Club in Louisville and the Kentucky Colonels of Naples.
Since their college days, the Arnetts have been loyal fans and supporters of the University of Louisville and Cardinal Athletics. Hal served as a director of the U of L Alumni Association, the U of L Board of Overseers and most famously, drove the entire 1980 NCAA Champion Louisville Cardinals Basketball Team (coached by Denny Crum!) for a celebratory couple of laps around the Indianapolis 500 Race Track in his motor home!
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Terry Kuhn Arnett, daughter Karen and husband Roger Hale; sons Martin Arnett (Angela), Bryan Arnett (Jennifer), nephew Forrest Kuhn, Jr. (Mary Julia), granddaughters, Mary Hale Staffopoulos (Michael), Virginia Hale, Alexandra Arnett, Alyssa Arnett, Ashley Arnett, and Shelby Arnett; great-nieces, Sarah Kuhn, Elizabeth Kuhn; great-nephew Forrest Kuhn III; grand-niece Jana Hourigan, great-grandaughter Christina Staffopoulos; sisters Lorraine Adams and Grace Anna Hargrove and many many more nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
The family is grateful for the wonderful care provided by the staff of Treyton Oak Towers, Karen Abbott, Brenda Horton, niece Elizabeth Kuhn and especially the devoted and loving care over the last five weeks of beloved niece Sarah Long Kuhn.
The funeral will be noon Friday, February 10, 2017 at Pearson's, 149 Breckinridge Lane, followed by burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 5-8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus of Louisville or the Parkinson's Support Center of Kentuckiana.