March 14, 1929 ~ December 29, 2007
March 14, 1928 - December 29, 2007
Arnold "Arnie" Hassoldt, a Torrance resident since 1960, was peacefully called to take his place with our Lord and Savior on December 29, 2007 after an extended illness. He leaves behind his beloved and devoted wife of 57 years, Elizabeth "Liz" Hassoldt; daughter and son-in-law, Nicole "Nikki" & Phillip "Skip" Le Brun of Torrance; son and daughter-in-law, Steven & Patricia Hassoldt of Torrance; daughter, Janet Tamble of Garden Grove; sister and brother-in-law, Betty & Ray Richardson of Fountain Valley; brother in-laws & sister in-laws, Zaven & Irene Sipantzi of Valley Village and Vahan & Zoe Sipantzi of Wilder, ID; 15 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 12 nieces & nephews and 13 great nieces & nephews. We know he has gone to a better place and is now at peace in the arms of our Lord.
Arnold was born in Los Angeles, CA and attended LA city public schools. He served actively in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948 and the Naval Reserve from 1948 to 1955. His college education included East LA College and USC, School of Civil Engineering for his career in civil engineering. Arnold's work as a consulting civil engineer left his mark on many South Bay and California projects & developments, as well as others worldwide. Some of his local credits include West HS & Miraleste HS, the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University; expansions of both the South Bay and Little Company of Mary Hospitals; the Inglewood Forum; the Toyota complex; expansions of Rolling Hills Covenant & Del Amo Christian Churches; the movement of Pacific Christian College to its larger Fullerton campus, and its transition to Hope University; and many LA high rises and landmarks, including the Getty Center and the Arco Plaza Building. In San Francisco, he handled the TransAmerica Pyramid, and some of his worldwide work included a soccer stadium in Saudi Arabia and a sports stadium in Trinidad. Before retiring in 1987 as a Vice President of South Bay Engineering in PV, he was also Partner & Senior VP with Sherman, Rogoway & Associates Civil Engineering firm in Los Angeles for 18 years. His early engineering years included work with the City of LA Public Works, the Dept. of Water & Power and the LA School District. His work as a consulting civil engineer included industrial, military, municipal, commercial, residential, institutional and total site developments. He was considered an expert witness in civil engineering and was a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Arnold was extremely active in his church and community affairs. He has served on the Board of Directors for churches & colleges, local committees and election voting locations. Arnold was loved and respected by many and will be missed by all who knew him. Visitation viewing will be at White & Day Colonial Mortuary located at 901 Torrance Blvd., in Redondo Beach on January 2, 2008 from 4 PM to 8 PM. He will be buried at a private family graveside ceremony at Westminster Memorial Park. An open Memorial Service will be held at Torrance 1st Baptist Church on January 12, 2008 located at 2118 W. Carson Street, Torrance at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable donations be made to Hope or Biola Universities.
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