A Message on the Passing of Arthur L. Irving

The community at the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth is saddened to share that Arthur Irving passed away Monday, May 13, at the age of 93. Arthur Irving, along with his wife Sandra and daughter Sarah, have been true friends and supporters of Dartmouth College. In addition to their generous gift which enabled the establishment of the Arthur Irving Institute and their ongoing care for the Institute and its mission in the world, they have funded scholarships at Dartmouth for Canadian students, developed an endowed chair for economics, and helped fund undergraduate students in business studies in partnership with the Tuck School of Business.

Students were at the core of Arthur Irving's commitment to Dartmouth and to the Irving Institute. As the parent of Sarah '10, TU'14, he spoke frequently about the impact that Dartmouth had in the life of his family. He was also deeply proud of the Irving Institute and its mission to advance a sustainable energy future in service of society.

"Dartmouth has lost a great friend with the passing of Arthur Irving," said Institute Interim Faculty Director Geoff Parker. "Arthur and his family's support has enabled the Institute to help equip Dartmouth faculty, researchers, and students with the necessary tools to lead and innovate in the energy transition. His experience, insight, and perspective on energy and society were tremendous resources, and we are proud to carry on his legacy with our work." 

"Arthur was a special, wonderful person. He valued community, held kindness in the highest regard, embodied an entrepreneurial spirit as one of our world's foremost energy leaders, and aspired for the best in himself and others," noted Irving Institute Advisory Board Chair Scott Fisher '93, TH'93, TU'98. "The Institute meant a lot to Arthur, especially how we are changing students' lives. He was so proud of the fact that we are addressing the challenges and opportunities of the energy sector in the 21st century, with a special focus on the societal impacts when developing solutions. People meant the world to Arthur."

We are deeply grateful to Arthur Irving and his family for their unwavering commitment to Dartmouth's students and faculty and for their support of the Institute's mission. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, loved ones, and friends during this sad and difficult time.