Philip I. Arter

April 23, 2003

Philip I. Arter
July 21, 1949 - April 20, 2003

Philip I. "Phil" Arter of Ward died of coronary heart disease Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the Estes Park Medical Center. He was 53.

The son of Irvin Eugene Arter and Gwendolyn Whitneck Arter, he was born July 21, 1949, in York, Pa. He married Jennifer A. Gillard on April 5, 1998, in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Mr. Arter was a longtime resident of Boulder before moving to Ward and Estes Park. He also had a home at Oxford University in England.

He graduated from Boulder High School in 1967 and received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1971. He received a degree in airframe and powerplant mechanics from Colorado Aero Tech Institute in 1978.

At the time of his death, Mr. Arter was the senior project engineer for CU working on the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder instrument — NASA EOS Chemistry Mission. He was also a professional research assistant for the Center for Lower Atmospheric Studies at CU and a visitor in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

He previously worked as a lab assistant for the Cryogenics and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory for the Aerospace Engineering Department at CU in 1971; for the Boulder Valley School District as a planetarium technician from 1973 to 1975; at the Fiske Planetarium at CU as the chief production technician from 1975 to 1979; for Combs-Gates Learjet as an airframe powerplant mechanic at Stapleton Airport in 1979; for Boulder Aviation as a Federal Aviation Administration-authorized inspector and airframe powerplant mechanic from 1979 to 1982; for Hyperion Aviation in Boulder from 1982 to 1983 as a director of maintenance and a FAA-authorized inspector; at Ball Aerospace Systems Group in Boulder from 1983 to 1993 as a senior production technical specialist, a senior electro-optics design engineer and a senior cryogenics design engineer; and at NCAR in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division as a project engineer on the HIRDLS program from 1993 to 1998.

Mr. Arter had been published in various research journals and publications and had received the following awards: NASA/Ames Research Center Certificate of Appreciation in 1989; a BASG Pride in Excellence Individual Achievement Award in 1989; a BASG Outstanding Individual Contribution Award for Technical Support in 1988 and 1989; and a BASG Excellent Performance Award in 1990.

He was an avid pilot and a founding member of the RV8-Club. He was also member of the Experimental Homebuilt Aircraft Association and the Boulder Mountaineering Club. He enjoyed hiking, climbing, kayaking, skiing and motorcycle riding.

"He was loved and had the biggest heart in the world. Hope you always enjoy the ride ... and you never forget the way home," his family said.

Survivors include his wife of Ward and Estes Park; one adopted son, Forrest Gillard-Arter of Ward and Estes Park; and two sisters, Maxine Kingan of Pasadena, Calif. and Geraldine Harper of Eugene, Ore.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3700 Baseline Road, Boulder.

A funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at thechurch, with the Rev. Stan Adamson officiating. Services will conclude with a reception at the church.

Contributions may be made to the Forrest Gillard-Arter Education Fund, in care of U of C Federal Credit Union, 2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder, CO 80301 or to Rocky Mountain National Park, ATTN: Superintendent, Estes Park, CO 80517.

M.P. Murphy & Associates - Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.