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August 31, 1936 - January 6, 2018 'A.R' Arthur R. Nanna, PhD was born on August 31, 1936 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - 'A.R.' Arthur R. Nanna, PhD"A.R" Arthur R. Nanna, PhD was born on August 31, 1936 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He passed away on January 6th 2018 after 81 years of a life dedicated to chasing the meaning of life. He spent the last months of his life surrounded by the love of family and friends.

A.R. spent his life committed to education and helping others in his efforts to making this world a better place. He had a very diverse career which included being a life guard, a mental health hospital worker, an Army veteran, a master electrician at Emanuel hospital, a marriage and family counselor, life coach, psychology teacher at Tigard H.S., and professor at Lewis & Clark College.

A.R. was known for his adventurous spirit. He was a pilot, avid skier, swimmer and loved to travel and meet people from all over the world. His smile was contagious, and many say he was a great listener. He had an uncanny ability to be approached by many, usually with his authentic curiosity about their culture and life story. He loved people, and never considered a person a stranger that crossed his path. He was a small farmer, and even smaller rancher.

His greatest accomplishments was his marriage of 50 years, his work with his clients, students, and anyone that needed an ear. He was proud of his family, and his long close friendships. He wrote a book "What Is, Is" that was inspired by his life experiences of his hundreds of funny, and inspiring stories. He lived an exciting life, never a dull moment and was full of radiant happiness and love.

Art Nanna's celebration of life is February 10, 2018 at 2pm. West Hills Covenant Church 5815 SW Gillcrest Court, Portland Oregon 97211. A.R was a man of many stories. His family is asking for those that knew him and loved him to write a story that can be contributed to his "Book of Life." Don't worry about structure or grammar, because he didn't.

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