Arthur Storer was born on April 20, 1920 in Nottingham, England, the son of a coal miner who had fought in World War I. During WW II Arthur himself served as an Underwater Mine Demolition Expert in the Royal Navy. When Arthur returned home from the war, he became a schoolteacher and then a Headmaster until his retirement. He married Ivy Mardo and they had a son.

After Ivy died in 1992, Arthur came to Texas to live with his son, Roger Storer, and daughter-in-law, Lark Doley. He enjoyed touring this country, which was his new home. Arthur joined Today Toastmasters and began to speak about his experiences in England. Everyone loved to hear Arthur speak. His warmth, wit, and wisdom along with his British accent engaged all who heard him. His presentations were given “with a twinkle in his eye”. He especially enjoyed talking with people on the proper way to make tea. Arthur traveled with Roger and Lark on all their Toastmasters journeys, to other clubs as well as District, Regional, and, International conferences. Arthur loved meeting Toastmasters from around the world, and they loved meeting him.

In May 1997, Arthur passed away from complications following triple bypass heart surgery. His family held a memorial service for him on the Flagship Texas on Lake Travis, where friends from all over the District came to say a few words in remembrance of him. His ashes have been spread over Lake Travis in central Texas, the three U.S. coasts, and in his home country on the River Thames. At the memorial service several Toastmaster friends believed that it would be wonderful for his legacy to go on, and they chartered a club in his name.

As a gift from him to District 55, his family has used his estate to set up an annual gift – The Arthur Storer Heart of Gold Award. It is given to a Toastmaster who best represents the ideals of Toastmasters. It helps to pay for that person to attend the annual Toastmasters International Convention in August because he thought this was an experience that everyone should get to enjoy. It is presented at the District 55 Spring Conference by his family.

Arthur loved the sea as much as he loved Toastmasters. Whenever Arthur visited a city close to a navigable body of water, he would take a cruise. In San Francisco he cruised the bay to Sausilito. In Boston he cruised to Cape Cod. In St. Louis he took a steamboat ride on the Mississippi River. In Corpus Christi he toured the “Third Coast”. Because of his love of the sea, Arthur began collecting lighthouse memorabilia. In April 1997, when Arthur turned 77, he received a mounted print of Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine.

After Arthur’s death, Roger and Lark visited the Portland Head lighthouse. Upon seeing this magnificent structure they decided to build a Texas lighthouse home in Arthur’s honor. Today Arthur’s Lighthouse is on a hill overlooking Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. It is a tribute to a man who love the sea and who loved the light of living even more.



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