Arthur Monroe Tode (1894-1966) was born in Monroe, New York. In 1910 he enrolled in the New York Nautical School (as Maritime College was then known) aboard the Schoolship NEWPORT, graduating in 1912. He went on to obtain unlimited licenses as chief engineer for both steam and diesel powered vessels. During the First World War he served as a Lieutenant in the Navy and later achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander, USNR. From 1918-1922 he returned to the New York Nautical School as Chief Engineer of the NEWPORT. From 1925 to 1932 he served as Technical Superintendent in the Marine Department of the Texas Company.
Though well known for many contributions in the field, it was Tode's association with the Propeller Club which brought him national recognition. This organization had been formed by a group of mariners in 1923 as a luncheon club whose members met informally to discuss maritime affairs. After Tode was elected president in 1931, he built a nation-wide membership, and the organization became a forceful advocate for building a strong merchant fleet. Between World War I and II he also established Propeller Clubs in foreign ports served by American ships. Even after he stepped down as president in 1935, Tode remained involved in the group as Honorary President till his death in 1966.
A member of numerous maritime associations, Tode was the first Marine Engineer to receive an honorary membership to the Marine Society of the City of New York. In addition, he was the only American elected Honorary Member of the Seven Seas Club of London. He remained involved in Maritime College as President of the Alumni Association from 1928 to 1930 and as Chairman of the Board of Visitors from 1942 to 1954.
Tode was also Vice-President of the Circumnavigators Club, an organization whose members consisted of individuals who had circled the globe longitudinally, a feat which he accomplished with this wife, Kate Eisig Tode.