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Devotee of Scottish Culture Dies in Houston

Dr Arthur L. Down, a stalwart member of the Houston/Grampian Association, died in Houston on 15 November, 2009 at the age of 93.

English by birth, Arthur developed a love of Scottish culture and proudly wore the Kerr tartan. As well as being active in the Houston/Grampian Association, he was a staunch supporter of the Houston Heather and Thistle Society and served as its 27th Chieftain in 1979-80. He co-founded the Robert Burns Club of Houston in1984 and used his regular visits to Scotland to book well-qualified speakers for the Club’s annual Burns Supper.

Arthur took part in most Houston/Grampian Association exchange visits to Grampian Region and he regular attended the annual Braemar Highland Gathering where he took a particular interest in the piping competitions.

Born in London, he spent his working life in the chemical industry and was Vice President of Texaco Chemicals, Houston at the time of his retirement. Following his retirement he acted as an oil industry adviser to the former Central Regional Council, based in Stirling.

He is survived by his wife Joan, son Martin and daughter Bridget.