Capt. Art Yadven was born in Brooklyn. Before the U.S. entered World War II, Art volunteered for the British Royal Air Force and completed military training in Canada. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he returned to the U.S. and enlisted in the United States Navy. He flew in the Pacific theater and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the war, he flew as a volunteer for Israel in the War of Independence. Art flew for Seaboard in the early years and then for Trans Caribbean Airways. Trans Carib merged with American Airlines in 1971 and he spent the remainder of his career at American, retiring at age 60 in 1978.
Capt. Art Yadven is survived by his wife, Blanche; his sons, Mitchell and Eric; and grandchildren, Sarah and Max.