Alan Thorne Arthur

Alan Thorne Arthur, 76, of Grand Isle, died peacefully at home due to cancer on April 19th.  He was born in Evanston, Illinois to Leland and Elizabeth (Campbell) Arthur and was the younger brother to Donald.  Alan attended Hanover College and received his PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1970.  He had a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry where he worked tirelessly in drug safety roles to ensure patient well being.  This theme of caring for others continued into retirement when he volunteered countless hours for the local community with C.I.D.E.R., the Grand Isle Fire Station, the Grand Isle County Mentoring Program and the Guardian Ad Litem program.  He also served as the Emergency Management Director for Grand Isle and in 2018 was awarded the Grand Isle Service Award.  In 1965 he married Sharon (Sims) Arthur, with whom he had three daughters Katherine, Jennifer and Anne.  Alan loved to travel, fish, and meet new people, although he never met a stranger.  He lived out the adage of trying anything once, from cruising around Cape Horn, to diving with sharks to continually creating new adventures for his family.  Alan leaves behind a legacy of his wife Sharon, three daughters, three sons-in-laws and four grandsons.  A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church of South Hero on May 19th at 11 am and is open to all.  In honor of Alan’s dedication to helping local families, please bring a non-perishable food item to the memorial service for donation to the Island Food Shelves.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Food For Thought (C/O Congregational Church of South Hero, PO Box 99, 24 South St., South Hero, VT 05486), C.I.D.E.R. (PO Box 13, South Hero, VT 05486) or the Grand Isle Fire Station (PO Box 123, Grand Isle, VT 05458).