First Posted: 1/15/2009
Colin Shaw McArthur, 84, of Mooresville, formerly of St. Pauls, died July 7, 2006.
No services are planned at this time.
McArthur was an engineer, scientist and artist. He received many patents during a long career in research and development. He retired in 1981 and moved to Lake Norman, where he designed and built a house with his wife, Jan McArthur.
After retiring he taught and wrote on subjects ranging from ornithology to sailing. He created wildfowl carvings and hand-crafted furniture that are treasured by their owners in many parts of the country. In his later years he shared his creative genius, his love of nature and his generous spirit with his five grandchildren.
McArthur was born Aug. 6, 1921, in St. Pauls. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from N.C. State University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as one of the first instructors in radar technology.
Surviving are his wife, Jan McArthur of Mooresville; two sons, Colin McArthur and James Hind and his wife, Hilda, both of Mooresville; a daughter, Angela Hind and her husband, Doug Ruley, of Asheville; and a sister, Orianna Mckinnon and her husband, Arnold, of Norfolk, Va.
Memorials may be made to The Southern Environment Law Center, 200 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, N.C., 27615, or to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, 34 Wall St., Suite 802, Asheville, N.C., 28801.