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Jesse Arnelle

Jesse Arnelle
Personal information
Born (1933-12-30) December 30, 1933 (age 86)
New Rochelle, New York
Nationality American
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Career information
High school New Rochelle
(New Rochelle, New York)
College Penn State (1951–1955)
NBA draft 1955 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons
Pro career 1955–1956
Position Power forward
Number 18, 15
Career history
1955–1956 Fort Wayne Pistons
Career NBA statistics
Points 147
Rebounds 170
Assists 18
Stats at

Hugh Jesse Arnelle (born December 30, 1933) is a retired American basketball player and attorney.


Born in New Rochelle, New York, Arnelle played American football and basketball for Penn State University. He led the basketball team to the 1954 NCAA Final Four. He was named an All-American that season. Arnelle was also named to the 1954 NCAA All-Tournament team and the East Regional Most Valuable Player.[1] Arnelle finished his Penn State basketball career as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 2,138 points and 1,238 rebounds.[1]

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1955 NFL Draft, but chose to instead play in the NBA. He was selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 2nd round (15th pick overall) of the 1955 NBA Draft. He played for the Pistons (1955–1956) in the NBA in 31 games.

Law and business

After professional basketball, Arnelle spent time in the United States Air Force and the Peace Corps. He graduated from Dickinson Law School in 1962,[2] and in 1969 he moved to San Francisco and took the California bar exam.[1] Once licensed to practice law in 1971,[3] Arnelle worked as a trial lawyer in the public defenders office.

In 1987, Arnelle teamed with William Hastie to form the law firm of Arnelle & Hastie, San Francisco, (which later became Arnelle, Hastie, McGee, Willis and Green).[1] He would serve as senior partner until his retirement from law in 1997. Black Enterprise magazine named Arnelle & Hastie one of the top 12 black law firms in the country in 1987.[1] He was also Of Counsel to the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice from 1997-2005.[4]

Arnelle has served on the board of directors of URS Corp. since January 2004.[4] Prior to that, he was on the boards of the Metropolitan Life Series Fund, Textron Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Gannett Company, Waste Management, Inc, Armstrong World Industries, Wells Fargo, and Florida Power & Light.[4]


Arnelle became Penn State’s first black student body president in 1955.[1] He was elected to the university's Board of Trustees in 1969 and has since served the university in many roles, including the President’s club, the Penn State Renaissance Fund, the Campaign Steering Committee and Penn State’s National Development Council. He received the Lion’s Paw award, given to distinguished alumni, in June 2000.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "A 'Wow' Moment". CBS Interactive. 2008-02-15. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Board of Trustees: H. Jesse Arnelle". The Pennsylvania State University. February 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  3. ^ CA State Bar Records
  4. ^ a b c "H. Jesse Arnelle, Director, URS Corporation". Forbes. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 

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