Thresher Base

United States Submarine Veterans


Lori Arsenault

Daughter of Chief Engineman Tilmon Joseph Arsenault, USS Thresher



Born Lorraine C. Arsenault in Lynn, Massachusetts, Lori is the third of five children of ENCA(SS) Tilmon J. Arsenault, lost at sea on the USS Thresher (SSN 593), and the late Hilda (Jill) Arsenault Robinson of New Hampshire. She inherited her versatility and love of music and technology from her father, and her drive for self-reliance from her mother who was left with five young children to raise when Thresher was lost at sea with all hands on board on April 10, 1963.


Lori was introduced to the folk guitar at age fourteen, and began providing liturgical music in the Catholic Church by the time she was seventeen. She majored in classical guitar performance as a college student, and earned her Bachelor's in Music Performance from the University of Southern Maine in 1999. In 1995, she won first prize at the Down East Society for the Classical Guitar, College Division competition.


Currently the Director of Music Operations and Concert Manager in the School of Music at the University of Southern Maine, Lori is responsible for directing the logistics of 130 concerts and events held by the School of Music each year. She had previously been Special Assistant to the Dean in Communications and External Affairs in the College of Science, Technology and Health, and before that Administrative Manager in the Office of the Dean of the School of Applied Science, Engineering. She has been an active member of the university community, serving on several senates, associations, and committees since her employment at USM began in 2002, with a special focus on matters of university governance, communications, entrepreneurship, and cultural affairs.


Also sole proprietor of Arsenault Artist Management, she manages Web sites for American orchestral conductor, Lawrence Golan based in Denver, Colorado; jazzman Scott Reeves in New York City; Richter Ensembles in Maine, and several other art, music and non-profit Web sites.


In the community, Lori currently serves as secretary for the Governance Committee of the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children of Greater Portland, clerk of the Regional Transportation Program for Cumberland County, and a member of the planning committee for the inaugural Pine Tree Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Maine, helping to connect and promote FIRST Robotics in the interest of science and technology, and in the spirit of teamwork and “gracious professionalism.”


Among a wide variety of interests and activities, Lori stays active with a passion for dance roller skating, recently following her mother into the world of competitive dance skating. She is a music director in Catholic churches in both Portland and Gorham, Maine, and has been a guest minister of music throughout New England for various faith communities.



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