He came to Princeton as an accomplished soccer player, sailor, skier, and mathlete from Marblehead, Mass. Freshman year he lived in Butler College and formed lifelong friendships with roommates. He was treasurer of Dial Lodge and spent many hours at the computer center pursuing a computer science degree. He earned a master’s degree at Harvard in computer science.
Michael was known for his sly social commentaries. He took great delight in his vibrant extended Italian family.
He met his wife, Kristine, in Bermuda and they were happily married for 25 years. They were raising two sons in Lexington, Mass. He was recognized as an innovative programmer, working at Paytronix as a software architect.
Michael was well known as a youth soccer and Little League coach and a Scout leader. He was an active member of Hancock Church, serving on the prudential committee and a member of the handbell choir.
He is survived by his wife, Kristine; their sons, David and Andrew; his parents, John and Rosemarie Arena; his twin brother, Mark Arena, and his wife, Katy; and his in-laws, Eugene and Anne MacDermott.
The class marks the passing of this thoughtful member who was admired by the many communities he touched. We extend condolences to his family and his friends.