Deceased March 30, 2014
Arnold G. Zins, known to us as “Arnie,” but to his later friends as “Tom,” died on March 30, 2014, in the Merrimack Valley Hospice House. He was predeceased in 2012 by his wife, Mary. Born in Haverhill, Mass., in 1931, the son of Charles E. and Mildred Zins, he prepared for Amherst at Haverhill High School and Governor’s Academy in Byfield. He was drafted after high school by the Milwaukee Braves and played one summer of baseball in the minor leagues. Fuzzy Fendrick ’54 recalls his superior play on the Amherst team as part of an outstanding double-play combo with Tony Mahar ’54.
After graduation, Arnie served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant, junior grade, until 1958. For 32 years he taught mathematics at Pentucket Regional High School, and was chair of the math department and past president of the teacher’s union. He was also the coach of the baseball team and led the team to several championships. During his retirement he worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a mail clerk.
With his family he enjoyed camping trips to Sebago Lake and Pawtuckaway State Park, and in retirement he and Mary spent their summers in York, Maine. He is remembered in the local obituary as a “devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather, a genuine good person who had nothing bad to say about anyone,” and who had a great sense of humor.
Thomas H. Blackburn ’54