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An honor for 'Mr. Frank'

POSTED: June 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Members of the late Benjamin F. Arnsdorff's family, along with Effingham County Chamber President Michael Lee and state Sen. Jack Hill display the Treutlen Award given to the family posthumously for Arnsdorff and the proclamation signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue honoring Arnsdorff.

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The late Benjamin Franklin Arnsdorff was honored with the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce’s John Adam Treutlen Award at the Chamber’s annual meeting Thursday night.

Arnsdorff, who died Dec. 10, 2007, was born July 3, 1912, and served for seven years in the Georgia General Assembly.
State Sen. Jack Hill read a proclamation signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue honoring Arnsdorff.

He also served on the Effingham Hospital Authority from 1968-72 and was named the first chairman. Arnsdorff also served as the hospital administrator on a temporary basis in 1972.

Arnsdorff, known as “Mr. Frank” said he “never had a job with a salary.”

Arnsdorff and his wife Gladys had three sons, H. Oneil, Benjamin Franklin Jr. and L. Wayne Arnsdorff.

His family, led by his widow, accepted the award on his behalf.  

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