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Professor one of Richland's 'treasures'

By Laura Garsea
On February 13, 2012

Dr. Arnold "Arnie" Paddock had a lively personality, one that followed him everywhere he went, including the classroom where he taught.

Paddock began teaching as an adjunct physics professor in 1984.  

He had a knack for connecting with his students in a unique and entertaining way.

"I will always remember Paddock's high fives. He was a teacher who truly inspired me. I will miss him," student Wendy Smith said.

Even though physics isn't every student's favorite topic, Paddock made his lectures interesting. He made interaction with his students a top priority, often cracking jokes to keep everyone awake and listening.

"Professor Paddock was such a great man and really got me excited for physics," student Caroline Parker said. "He left an amazing legacy."

For at least six years, Paddock worked with Richland's Emeritus program.

Paddock held volunteer lectures for the enrichment classes every semester.

"He was just adored everywhere he went and the residents at the communities were crazy about him," Emeritus director Mitzi Werther said. "We could always count on him if we ever had a cancellation from a lecturer. We would always call Arnold and he always made it his business to pick up the pieces to keep us from getting in trouble."

Before he went into teaching, Paddock was one of the first volunteers for the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority. He was inducted into the McKinney Avenue system's hall of fame in 2002 and was recently elected to its board of directors.

In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Paddock's son commented on his father's love of the trolleys and how he could speak with authority and confidence about the system.

Students and faculty stopped by the access office last week to sign a memory book in Paddock's honor.

"Dr. Paddock made a tremendous impact on his student's lives," Mariam Kavakci said. "His wealth of knowledge, sense of humor and humbleness made him one of a kind. He will always be remembered and missed."

Due to his sudden passing, counselors are available for students and faculty who may need the service.

"He was unique and there will never be another one like him ever," Werther said. "His zest for life was tremendous. He loved people, he loved living, he loved the trolley, and he loved teaching."

Paddock passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, his 70th birthday.


Rebecca Banks contributed to this story.

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