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Title: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:26:12 PM
Just saw this post on facebook from Cate.  Arnie was a strong supporter of the NDT, serving in the tabroom for over a decade.  I also considered him a friend and will miss him.

This is Cate, Arnie’s wife.

There is no easy way to say this: Arnie died last night after an unexpectedly short illness.

After a routine physical last Wednesday found abnormal blood results, Arnie was admitted to the hospital for further tests. He was diagnosed with cancer on Thursday, and his condition then deteriorated rapidly. He received excellent care at Covenant hospital here in Waterloo, but we just could not get ahead of the challenges, and he died Tuesday night at 9:35. The speed at which symptoms progressed surprised everyone. Arnie was nothing, if not efficient.

Throughout his time in the hospital, Arnie was joking with his caregivers, making the nurses, doctors, aides, lab techs, and even two flight nurses laugh. I think he found many new girlfriends along the way. As he said to one nurse, “Being grumpy won't fix anything and why should I be mean to someone who is trying to help me?”

Arnie was an outgoing guy, but he also was extremely private. So, there will not be any public visitation or service. Later this fall, there will be a small family-only service in his birthplace.

For all who knew and loved Arnie, honor him by loving your friends and partners as deeply and loyally and steadfastly as he loved his. Then, raise a toast, beer or iced tea or margaritas were his favorite, in his honor. If you want to do something more concrete, donate in his memory to any of the following:

The National Park Service, especially Yellowstone National Park or Cloudpeak Wilderness Area

Animal welfare organizations that specialize in cat rescue

Progressive political causes that combat racism, sexism, hunger, and poverty and that promote LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, feminism, and social justice

The Democratic Party and Democratic candidates, from local school board to national races

The National Debate Tournament


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:30:26 PM
David Bruce Rhaesa

Godspeed! Oh my gosh Cate. Much Love. Prayers rise like smoke!


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:31:29 PM
Kathleen Edelmayer

Oh, Cate!!! What horrible news! My heart breaks for you. Such a shock! Know that you are held close in my thoughts/prayers -- sending hugs from The D!!


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:32:04 PM
Matt J Stannard

Oh my God. I am so sorry and love both of you so much, Cate. I am devastated by this news and full of love for your description of Arnie's time in the hospital.

Arnie's Wyoming connection, and his debate connection, made us fast friends. I am so saddened by this.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:32:48 PM
Vicki Leonard Henderson

 OMG, I am so sorry. When I first saw Arnie's "update" announced on my wall I was happy since he always made me smile with a story related to our joint love of and experience selling antiques. And of course we shared a love of debate. As others have said, he was such a nice, good, principled guy. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends in the debate and antiques worlds.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:33:15 PM
Jeff Philpott

So very sorry. Cate, my thoughts are with you. Arnie was more than a debate partner and colleague, he was a dear friend, for oh so many years. Cheers, dear friend!


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:33:41 PM
Ron Kincaid

Cate, I am so sorry to hear this. Arnie was one of my favorite people "back then" on the debate circuit, and, again, as he would humor us with his stories about his second(?, third?) career in antique dealing. He always laughed easily and distinctively. Best wishes to you through this time.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:34:03 PM
Alan Coverstone

So sorry, Cate. I loved Arnie all the way back to the Wake workshop days and Illinois State. Always friendly and kind, he really took me under his wing and gave me opportunities and support. I am so sorry for your loss.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:34:28 PM
Valerie Swarts

I am shocked and saddened to read this news, Cate. Arnie and I go back to my Iowa/Illinois debate days. He was such a gentle man with a great sense of humor and sweet spirit.
Thank you for sharing this difficult news.
You will be in my thoughts as you find your new normal.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:34:50 PM
Tom Hollihan

Cate, I am so very sorry to hear this awful news. Arnie was a wonderful guy. This is such a tragedy for him to go at such a young age. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:35:14 PM
Reno Bingham

Cate, I'm so sorry to here the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. He has already started a debate team in HEAVEN by now I'm sure.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:35:37 PM
David Coale

Oh my. Such a good person. I am sad for this loss


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:36:04 PM
Joel Rollins

Oh no, Cate, I am so sorry. Arnie was such a wonderful man.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:36:35 PM
Allan Louden

 One of my first debaters at Northwest Community Col, and a life time friend. Arnie was one of the good guys. In his thoughtful quite way he made the lives of so many better. I will miss him much. As Assitant Debate Coach at Wake in the 80s. His attitude so apparent in his smile.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:37:01 PM
Tom Goodnight

Lovely, lovely man. He is missed. My thoughts are with you, Cate.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:37:29 PM
Steven Dolley

Cate I am so shocked and sorry to hear this. He was a great guy who contributed so much to everything he did. I will keep you and his other family in my thoughts.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:37:48 PM
Eric Morris

Shocking and upsetting. My thoughts are with you, Cate


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:38:07 PM
William Semlak

I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Arnie at ISU. He was a GREAT teacher and debate coach. The students loved him and I'm sure many owe their success in life to him. If you need anything let me know


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:38:38 PM
Anand Rao

I am so sorry to read this. Arnie was a great guy- very easy going, fair, and consistent. He gave so much to debate, and I will never forget having had the opportunity to work with him as my coach. He will be missed, and our thoughts are with you, Cate.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:39:31 PM
Marie A Dzuris

Cate I am so sorry. Shocked and beyond words. We first became friends many many years ago when we taught together at Wake Forest. You are in my thoughts.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:40:02 PM
Stefan Bauschard

Wow. Cate, I'm so sorry to hear this. As Cate knows, Arnie was my coach at Pitt and facilitated many opportunities for me, bother as a competitor and after I stopped competing. Arnie loved debate so much, and I enjoyed seeing the both of you for many years at the NDT. He gave so much to debate and everyone in it. You are in my thoughts.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:40:50 PM
Joseph Zompetti

Wow. So very sorry to hear this. Arnie was a fantastic guy. I loved talking to him about antiques (one of his passions). Cate, I know you must be devastated. Please don't hesitate to reach out. You're not that far away! I will miss Arnie, but remember him fondly.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:41:10 PM
Adrienne Brovero

At a loss for words. Both of you have had a huge influence on me, and Arnie's demeanor always raised my spirits at tournaments. So saddened by your loss.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:41:35 PM
Michael Alberty

Cate, you and I have never met but I want to extend my condolences. I've known Arnie a very long time, from debate days all the way through buying and selling things. My thoughts are with you and your family. Arnie was a very nice person and I'm glad to have known him.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:42:04 PM
Ben Attias

I'm so sorry Cate. I always loved Arnie's kindness and honesty. Thank you for sharing this; my thoughts are with you.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:42:32 PM
Scott Varda

There are no words that could appropriately express the shock, dismay, and sadness of the event. So sorry Cate.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:43:19 PM
Cindy Parker

 I am so sadden to read this post. I pray you are surrounded by family and loved ones. I traveled to debate tournaments with him in high school. You must be a testimony of everything he valued to write this with such grace. Thank you for telling his old friends of his death. God bless you- lifting you in prayer.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:43:48 PM
David Thomas

I sm so sorry for your loss. I grieve along with you and your family. Arnie was such an interesting and admirable character, one of a kind. There is never a good time to lose a loved one, and especially not when his death is so premature and unexpected. Your brave statement shows the kind of person you are, too, and how lucky Arnie was to have you as his partner in life.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:44:05 PM
Mark Wayda

I am stunned at this news, Cate, and so very sorry for your loss. Arnie was a great friend for so many years and a truly kind and gifted person. We are all diminished by his passing.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:44:25 PM
Gary Padgett

Thus us such a shock. I am so sorry. As I see you can tell, Arnie was greatly loved by our debate community. I especially enjoyed reconnecting on Facebook as he posted so often. My prayers and sympathy to you and the family.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:44:47 PM

Roy Schwartzman

Shocked & sad to hear this. He was a great colleague in the debate community. Wishing you & all his loved ones peace & comfort.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:45:20 PM
Patrick Wheaton

Shock. Over the last few years I have enjoyed his posts in his second career as an antique toy dealer - doing what he loved. I especially enjoyed the "Stuff you can't make up" posts about absurd customer comments and requests.

Arnie was a grad assistant at Wake while my brother was an undergrad there. Arnie began at Pitt the year I went to UGA as a grad assistant. After leaving UGA, Arnie asked me to put together/coordinate the case list at the UNI tournament. Arnie always impressed me as very detail oriented and very intellectual.

Gone too soon. Prayers for Cate and all who knew and mourn his loss.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:46:02 PM
Bill Russell

Such terrible news. I'm so sorry Cate for your loss, and my thoughts are with his family and many friends.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:46:23 PM
Cynthia Fleming

Peace be with you Cate, I traveled across the State of Wyoming multiple times on a yellow school bus with Arnie and the Buffalo HS Forensics team. So sad to hear. I have only good memories of him as a stellar person. My sincere condolences to you and your family.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:46:45 PM
Steve Mancuso

Oh, Cate. I always enjoyed Arnie's company and looked forward to working with him in tab rooms, which we did together for many years. He was a loyal and sincere friend. You have my warmest sympathies.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:47:05 PM
Joshua Zive

I'm so sorry, Cate. You both gave me my first paying debate job, and I will always be indebted to you and Arnie. Love you both.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:47:47 PM
Kevin Hamrick

My condolences, Cate. I'll raise a glass to Arnie tonight. My thoughts are with you.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:48:21 PM
Christopher Wheatley

 I am SO stunned and saddened by this news! Please feel my virtual hug! I will SO miss this quality human being who has had SUCH a profound and positive impact on SO many lives. I will SO miss Arnie. Peace.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:48:59 PM
John M. Bredehoft

Dear Cate: I am sorry you and I have not met. I have known Arnie from college debate through the magnificent items he found (and I snagged from him) over the last few years. I am so glad that he and I reconnected on Facebook and had the chance to communicate. I am so sorry for your loss (words often used but nonetheless true), and you will be in our thoughts. Your tribute to him has moved me to tears and I hope to honor his memory in a way he would have appreciated.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:49:21 PM
Phillip Voight

Cate I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I haven't seen Arnie for many years but I really enjoyed following him on Facebook. You will be in my thoughts as will all those who loved him.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:49:51 PM
Jayne Craig-Smith

I am so sad to hear this. I got to know Arnie when he was a grad student at Wake with my late husband. I will be thinking about you!


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:50:22 PM
David Breshears

If a tab room ever needed me to judge extra debates, they'd always send Arnie. I could never say no to him. So sorry Cate. Tonight, I'm drinking to Arnie.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:50:57 PM
Lewis Lamb

I am another of Arnie's friends from my days on the college debate circuit, and I am so very saddened to hear of this. Condolences to you!


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:51:13 PM
Scott Segal

So sad to hear it, Cate. Working institutes with him back in the 80s, I remember you could always count on him and without ever a cross word. So sorry for your loss.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:51:32 PM
David Hingstman

Cate, what a terrible loss! Arnie was always the guy with a smile and kind words at debate tournaments. We all will miss his presence!


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:52:14 PM
Cindy Carbone

We are so saddened by this news and pray your wonderful memories will help console you. Ralph and Cindy-more debate colleagues.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:53:16 PM
Heidi Hamilton

Shocked and saddened to hear. Arnie was one of my favorite lab partners--organized, efficient, smart, and funny. So glad I got to visit, even if only briefly, with him this summer. Sending the warmest of thoughts your way, Cate.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:53:44 PM
Edward Panetta

Cate, I am very sorry to learn of Arnie's passing. He was a thoughtful person who was a great friend and roommate. We had a lot of fun together at WFU. I always enjoyed catching up with him at the NDT. I will keep you in my thoughts at this difficult time. Regards, Ed


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:54:52 PM
Ron Wastyn

Words are hard to come by here. I met Arnie some 30 plus years ago when I debated at Augustana College. He was one the reasons I went to Wake Forest for my MA. I worked for him when he directed the Pitt debate program and was glad to call him a colleague and friend when I directed debate at James Madison. We are a small community and this one hurts. For the last 18 years we visited whenever the antique show came to the Quad Cities, twice a year to reconnect and discuss politics and the debate community. I really looked forward to those breakfasts and will miss our visits greatly. To say he did not impact my life would a be a woeful understatement. Cate-- you were so lucky to be with him day in and day out. Truly one of the very best individuals I have ever met. You will be missed my friend!!!!


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:55:56 PM
Michael Alberty


What an odd day, filled with smoke and melancholy. The skies are darkened by forest fire smoke so it's constant twilight. The son of a person I adored in HS is killing it on a radio show (he's the voice of American soccer now) as I drive back from wine country. It's back to school day for junior and the wife, so now I have to try to write in maddening silence. Then I discovered an old friend from college debate days (going to miss you Arnie) passed away suddenly and without much warning. The transition back to daytime solitude is challenging today. I can't wait to see rain again.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:56:27 PM
Ron Kincaid


I cannot believe to find out that Arnie Madsen has passed away. Those of us on the NDT circuit will surely remember him as one of the easiest going people we'd meet. Also, without him at the Wake Institute "back then," I'd still have no idea of the intricacies (should I say intimacies?) of the castration of a ram.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 07:57:28 PM
Douglas Gilbert‎

So sorry to hear about Arnie. I attended Buffalo HS with Arnie, (1 year older) and also was on debate team with him at NWCC. We played tennis together and as partners won our Debate Team tourney.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 06, 2017, 09:10:26 PM
Allan Louden‎


I am saddened to announce the passing of Arnie Madsen in Cedar Falls Iowa. Dr. Madsen earned his master’s degree at Wake Forest in the early 80s, and his Ph. D. at Pittsburgh. He was a director of Debate at Illinois State University and Northwestern Univ. He served for a decade in the NDT tab room and NDT Committee Chair for several years. Anyone who knew Arnie had a loyal and caring friend.
Arnie and Cate working Tabroom at NDT


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 10:41:47 AM
Jim Hanson

i am so so sad to read this. arnie was someone who worked to get things done and who was also kind and willing to help out. it was always a pleasure when i talked with him. : ( all my most supportive thoughts to you.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 10:42:07 AM
Gordon Stables

So sorry Cate. Arnie was a wonderful person who always so kind, generous and funny. I remember being a little intimidated at first because he seemed so serious and reserved, but he was quick to offer true kindness and a wonderful sense of humor. The entire debate community has benefitted from the lifelong service you both provided. I hope all of the wonderful memories offer some comfort. Keeping you in our thoughts.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 10:42:51 AM
Patricia Riley

 Oh Cate, sending mighty hugs and our love your way. We are beyond sad to lose a witty, charming, smart, interesting friend. I was just saying how his posts would make my day--he was such an astute observer of the quirky side of the human condition. You are both too young to experience this. We will donate in his honor, and remember always his fierce beliefs in all that makes for a more equitable world. Please take care. 💔


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 10:43:10 AM
Jon Bruschke

Oh man. My thoughts and prayers with you, Cate.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 10:43:35 AM
Rey Garcia

 I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Arnie. He will be remembered as a true gentleman- smart, funny, and a loyal friend.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 10:44:35 AM
Star A. Muir

There is no easy way to say this. I cannot move forward feeling sorry about Arnie. Having danced with death, and continuing that jig, I feel blessed to have known him and thankful that he didn't linger in pain and discomfort at all the attention. I celebrate his quiet grin and chuckle, and his courage in leaving behind the world he knew to forge a life that he loved. I am grateful that he found a partner to share his joys and sorrows, and that he was a positive influence on the people he learned and worked with. I appreciate his capacity to respect the worth and dignity of others, even those with unbelievable customer behavior, except perhaps for those individuals playing against his beloved Broncos. I will miss him, and hope his family and loved ones know how much he helped others without making a big deal about it. I am resolved to remember him best by holding myself to emulate and share some of his best qualities. Thank you, Arnie.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 11:30:39 AM
Jairus Victor Grove

Oh no. I am so sorry to hear about Arnie. It is hard to imagine a world without Arnie and Cate chasing me through the halls of UNI to start a debate.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 12:14:09 PM
Sarah Jane Green

A terrible loss. Sending my love to Cate and Arnie's family.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 12:14:42 PM
Lyn Robbins

So sorry to hear. Condolences to Cate and all of Arnie's family.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 12:15:00 PM
Joe Bellon

Oh Cate, I'm so sorry for you and for everyone else in Arnie's life. He was a genuinely wonderful person.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 12:15:31 PM
Ben Voth

Devastating. So sad to hear of this loss. Great service to our community.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 12:16:24 PM
Gregg Fishbein

Another terrible loss for UNI and the entire debate community.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 12:16:45 PM
David Hingstman

Arnie was so generous with his time to support the activity! We will miss him.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 12:20:47 PM
National Debate Tournament (Facebook Page)

I am saddened to announce the passing of Arnie Madsen in Cedar Falls Iowa. Dr. Madsen earned his master’s degree at Wake Forest in the early 80s, and his Ph. D. at Pittsburgh. He was a director of Debate at Illinois State University and Northwestern Univ. He served for a decade in the NDT tab room and NDT Committee Chair for several years. Anyone who knew Arnie had a loyal and caring friend.
Arnie and Cate working Tabroom at NDT


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 07, 2017, 12:21:15 PM
Richard Kimbrough

Such a loss for the community. His family are in my thoughts.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 09, 2017, 05:44:56 AM
Gina Lane

I am so sorry to hear this news, Cate. It is incredibly difficult to lose your life partner, and the suddenness has to be such a shock. Thank you for sharing this message with all of us. May the memories of your life and love together keep you afloat as you move through your grieving. You and your family are in my thoughts.


Title: Re: Arnie Madsen
Post by: SherryHall on September 12, 2017, 08:43:30 AM
Hi friends of Arnie. This is Cate again. Here is Arnie's official obituary.
Your kind words have brought comfort. The photos are appreciated and the funny stories have enabled me to smile when I thought I might have forgotten how. Arnie would have said it was true perspective by incongruity that so many rhetoricians have said they have no words. I just hope I have found a few right ones in what follows.

Arnold James Madsen, known to everyone as Arnie, beloved husband/life partner, brother, friend, antiques dealer, debate coach, and genuinely nice guy, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Arnie was 59 years old.

After a routine physical found abnormal blood results, Arnie was admitted to the hospital for further tests. He was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic cancer. He immediately began receiving excellent care from Covenant Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. However, due to the advanced stage of the illness and related complications, the disease progressed unexpectedly rapidly. He died there peacefully in the presence of his wife/life partner as two of his oldest friends shared funny Arnie stories. The speed at which symptoms progressed surprised everyone. Arnie was nothing, if not efficient.

Throughout his time in the hospital, Arnie was joking with his caregivers, making the nurses, doctors, aides, and lab techs laugh. He named one IV port Helicopter 1 and the second Helicopter 2 in honor of the flight nurses who inserted them. As he said to one nurse, “Being grumpy won’t fix anything and why should I be mean to someone who is trying to help me?”

Arnie was born on January 15, 1958 in Buffalo, Wyoming. He is survived by his wife/life partner Catherine (Cate) Palczewski; by his family, including brother Carl Madsen, sister-in-law Lois Madsen, sisters Evelyn Pope and Karen Ewing, niece Crystal Ewing, and nephews Jim Rasmussen, Scott Madsen, Tom Madsen, and Aaron Ewing; by his friends, many of whom he considered family, including Doug and Beverly Jennings, Sandy Carlson, John and Trudy Fritch, and Craig Cutbirth and Bev Herzog; and by his extended antiques family, many of whom have responded to his death by talking about how they considered Arnie to be their brother. Arnie was preceded in death by his parents, Viola Harboe Madsen and Harold Madsen, and by his sister Doris Madsen Rasmussen.

Arnie had two highly successful careers. For his first career, he was a prominent debate coach and argumentation scholar who touched numerous lives with his teaching and scholarly publications. He earned a master’s degree in Communication Studies from Wake Forest University, and then taught and coached debate at Illinois State University. He earned his PhD from Northwestern University in Communication Studies, and then taught and coached debate at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Northern Iowa. Even after he left academia, Arnie continued his service to intercollegiate debate community. He was an indispensible part of the team that managed the National Debate Tournament for many years.

His second career was as an antiques dealer of political memorabilia, vintage toys, art pottery, farm advertising, and postcards. Arnie was a fixture at antiques shows across the Midwest. Everyone knew and loved that guy in the faded blue jeans, plaid shirt, and baseball cap. Everyone who met him was a little bit better because Arnie always tried to make the world a little better for everyone.

Whether in the competitive worlds of intercollegiate debate or antiques auctions, Arnie was known for being honest, decent, and kind. He was a good man. The many cats he rescued across the years offer further testament to his inherent goodness.

Arnie was an outgoing guy, but he also was extremely private. So, there will not be any public visitation or service. Later this fall, there will be a small family-only celebration-of-life service in Wyoming.

Arnie appreciated flowers growing in the mountains of Wyoming, but had little use for them stuck in a vase. He also was not into big public displays of grief. He thought money was better spent on the living, especially those who were struggling. In lieu of flowers, donate in his memory to any of the following:

*The National Park Service, especially Yellowstone National Park or Cloud Peak Wilderness Area

*Animal welfare organizations that specialize in cat rescue

*Progressive political causes that combat racism, sexism, hunger, and poverty and that promote LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, feminism, and social justice

*The Democratic Party and Democratic candidates, from local school board to national races

*The National Debate Tournament

For all who knew and loved Arnie, honor him by loving your friends and partners as deeply and loyally and steadfastly as he loved his. Then, raise a toast, good beer or iced tea or strong margaritas, in his honor.