In Memoriam of Arthur F. Loeben

Arthur F. Loeben, 92 of Gwynedd, PA died on October 18, 2011 at Foulkeways. He was the beloved husband of the late Billie Joe (Teague) Loeben. He was born in Gloversville, NY on September 20, 1919 to the late Arthur F. and Ruth M. (Degnan) Loeben, Sr. Mr. Loeben served our country with distinction in the US Air Force in WWII instructing prospective navigators (stateside) and thereafter flying 20 combat missions in the Pacific Theater as navigator and bombardier in a Mitchell B-25. Following the cessation of hostilities, he served with the US occupation forces in Japan.

Following the War and service in Japan, he returned to the States where he entered the University of Pennsylvania earning a B.S. in Economics and a Masters in Economic Geography and then briefly taught economics at Penn’s Wharton School of Business. After his teaching career, Mr. Loeben became a member and then Director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission for over 38 years. He was a member of various organizations including the American Planning Association, American Institution of City Planners, Chapter President of the Pennsylvania Planning Association, Community Leaders of America, Lamda Alpha, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Clean Air Counsel Board, Montgomery County Lands Trust, Community Development Corporation and the Pennsylvania Resource Counsel. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990, American Man of Science and listed as Who’s Who in the East. Arthur was active in the formation and operation of SEPTA. He was an active supporter of Temple University and the Montgomery County Community College in both of which he sponsored scholarships for students interested in pursuing degrees in city planning. Arthur’s main passion in his later life became the preservation and dedication of open land and space in Montgomery County in pursuit of which he was singularly successful to the benefit of all citizens of Montgomery County.