In Memory

Arthur William Cheney III - Class of 1986

CHANEY Arthur William, III., M.D., passed away on March 16, 2010, at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, NC, after a 9 1/2 month battle with cancer. Art was a board certified radiation oncologist with Southeast Radiation Oncology and the medical director of Lake Norman Radiation Oncology in Mooresville, NC. He was beloved by his patients and friends for his warm hugs, bright smile, and hearty laugh. He helped heal countless people from the disease that took his own life far too quickly. Artie, as he was affectionately known by his immediate family, was born on August 16, 1968, in Hackensack, NJ, weighing in at only 3 pounds. He grew up to attend Paramus High School in Paramus, NJ. He was accepted to Brown University in Providence, RI, and earned a Bachelor's degree in economics, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went on to attend the University of Virginia Medical School, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and was a Virginia Merit Scholar. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Bowman Award, given to the third-year medical student who best demonstrates integrity, enthusiasm, and genuine compassion for the ill, and who is "a truly, open, accessible and approachable person with a diverse range of private interests and experiences." These traits of Art's personality manifested themselves in many deep friendships with people from all walks of life, as well as with his colleagues. He was a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American College of Radiation Oncology, the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the American Medical Association.Art traveled all over the world, was deeply spiritual, and had a passion for other languages, cultures, and foods. One of the most pivotal experiences of his life was a year spent abroad in Sweden at the University of Stockholm. There he mastered the Swedish language, studied political science and economics, and experienced life from another perspective. Art's other interests included military and world history, holistic healing, deep sea fishing, and music. He was the bass player and backup singer in the local band "200 Joules," which played at a variety of local venues in and around Charlotte and had a loyal following. Art is survived by his wife of eleven years, Elizabeth Watson Chaney, of Mooresville, NC; his two children, Alexandra Patricia Chaney and Arthur William Chaney, IV; his parents, Dr. Arthur W. Chaney, Jr., and Mrs. Patricia Henry Chaney, of Paramus, NJ; a sister, Gina Chaney, of Atlanta, GA; a brother, Kip Chaney, of Hackensack, NJ; and his 100-year-old grandmother, Levonia Chaney, of Hackensack, NJ. He leaves to mourn a host of relatives and friends.A viewing will be held on Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Cavin Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville, NC, between the hours of 6 PM and 9 PM. A memorial service celebrating his life will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson, NC. The service will begin at 1:30 PM, with the Rev. Julie Hill officiating. Burial at Mimosa Cemetery in Davidson will follow the service. Family and friends are invited to share a meal following the burial at the fellowship hall across from the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Arthur William Chaney, III., M.D., can be made to the Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625 and/or the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28210.