Sylvia Fried Arnold (Sookie), age 90, of Atlanta, passed away on Oct. 1. She was an Atlanta native and graduated as salutatorian from Hoke Smith High School in 1949. Sylvia received her bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in 1953 and then a master’s and PhD in education from the University of Georgia in 1968 and 1977, respectively. An educator and administrator, she was employed by Atlanta Public Schools for 40 years. In the final decade with APS she served as director of safety.
In addition, Sylvia was an active 40-year member and officer of Civitan International. She was devoted to her Jewish faith and member of both Ahavath Achim Synagogue and Chabad Intown. A lifelong sports enthusiast, Sylvia played both golf and tennis and was a team bowler. She was a diehard Braves and Falcons fan. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 44 years, Philip Arnold; her parents, Max Fried and Dora Isenberg, her siblings, Goldie Weiss, Frances Sanchez, Sam and Richard Fried. She is survived by her children, Bonnie Arnold of Los Angeles, Dr. Hal and Dorita Arnold and Amy Arnold, all of Atlanta; grandchildren, Alli and Alex Halpern, Erika Arnold and Lily Puglisi; great-grandchildren, Arden and Asa Halpern.
Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery on Oct. 3. If desired, memorial contributions may be sent to the William Breman Jewish Home, 3150 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta 30327. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care handled arrangements.