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Rosenquest, Arthur Penrhyn

Rosenquest, Arthur Penrhyn

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Arthur P Rosenquest was born on August 3, 1924, in Greenwich, Connecticut. He married Pauline Ruth Clarke on December 27, 1952, in Port Chester, New York. They had three children during their marriage. He died on December 14, 1998, at the age of 74. Rye High School Class of 1942
Date of Birth: 8/3/1924
Died On: 14-Dec-98
Branch of Service: American Field Services

Veteran Code: UNK-75

Arthur P. Rosenquest

Arthur P. Rosenquest, engineer By GJ. Zemaitls Special to the Tribune Arthur P. Rosenquest, 74, of Medinah, an aeronautical engineer who drove ambulances for the British army during World War II, died Monday in Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenwich, Conn., Mr. Rosenquest was the owner of Dust Vent Inc. of Addison, a company that manufactures and sells ventilation systems. Mr. Rosenquest was a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts at the beginning of the war and was rejected for service after recruiters learned of his faulty vision, said his wife, Constance Rosenquest "He and a number of his friends headed for Europe and joined the Royal Army," she said. He was sent to India, where he became an ambulance driver assigned to the American Field Services, she said. "He spent the war driving ambulances," she said. "Actually, he drove anything they gave him to drive."

Mr. Rosenquest finished his undergraduate work after the war and accepted a job offer in Chicago, a decision his mother did not applaud. "' j r n ;r J)7 Arthur P. Rosenquest "His mother thought that anything west of the Hudson River was barbaric, but he loved the Midwest," his wife said. Although Mr. Rosenquest's interest in aviation went unfulfilled because of his vision, his reputation as a designer of ventilation systems grew, and his products developed a market world- wide. " , When the Campbell Soup Co. installed one of his systems in its St Louis plant to clean the air of breading applied to chickens tie often laughed about the project, noting that it not only cleaned up the breading but lifted the chickens into the air, said his wife,-., "He was a man- who loved his work and had a wonderful sense of humor," she said.

Mr. Rosenquest's experiences with the British forces also 'tame into play after the war when a classmate returned from the tropics suffering from what appeared to be a severe case of malarial' "The doctors in Massachusetts couldn't figure out what vtras wrong. It was Arthur whd' told them what his friend had and what to prescribe," she said.

Mr. Rosenquest also wa's a member of the Manufacturers Trade Association. : ". Other survivors include .three sons, Neil, Stephen and James; a stepdaughter, Ruth Hogan; a step-son, Daniel Gerster; and,'five grandchildren. '.' Visitation will be from i to 9 p.m. Friday in Humes Funeral Home, 320 W. Lake St., Addison, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.


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