Melvin C. Arnold - Executive Vice President of Eaton Corporation

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Melvin C. Arnold

Melvin C. Arnold was born on March 8, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio to Chester and Esther Arnold. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University. After graduating from the University of Toledo Law School, he began his career in 1950 at Toledo Scale Co. where he soon became general counsel.

Three years later, he moved his family to Omaha, Nebraska, to become general counsel at Continental Bakery.

His wife who he later divorced was Julia McDonald. He later married Margarite in 1975.


In 1959, he joined Eaton Corporation and moved his family to Bratenahl. Mr. Arnold’s career progressed as Eaton continued to grow. In 1967, he was named Vice President and General Counsel.  In 1973, Arnold was promoted to Executive Vice-President of Law and Corporate Relations. In that position, he managed numerous corporate officer functions.

While in Cleveland, Arnold was a board member of the Hanna Mining Company, the Greater Cleveland Round Table, Beaumont School for Girls, Hill House, Junior Achievement and Boys' Club.

Melvin died January 1, 2007, in Naples, Florida after a brief struggle with cancer.