Family-Placed Death Notice
BATOR, Edmund EDMUND ALEXANDER BATOR Edmund Alexander Bator, a retired Foreign Service Officer, died at age 86 on August 6, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha Zachry Mayson Bator, and daughter, Jane Crawford Bator. Their son and brother, Zachry Mayson Bator, died at age 55 in November, 2012. Edmund was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Sept. 24, 1926 to Antoni Bator and Magdalena Stachaczinska Bator, immigrant Polish-speaking parents from Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who arrived separately in America at Ellis Island in the early 1900s. At age 18, following high school in New Bedford, Edmund joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1944-1946 during WWII. Following the war, Edmund took advantage of the G.I. Bill to continue his education at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he met his wife, Martha. They married on June 11, 1952, at St. Philip's Episcopal Cathedral in Atlanta after Edmund, raised as a Roman Catholic, adopted the Episcopalian faith of his wife and her forbearers. He graduated from Oglethorpe in 1953 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and History, after which he went on to obtain his Master's Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. While Edmund studied, Martha worked as a schoolteacher in the Washington area elementary school system. Upon graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1956, Edmund entered into the USA Foreign Service (USA State Department) where, as a diplomat, he served in Finland, Italy, Yugoslavia and Kuwait with assignments in Washington DC when not posted abroad. After 25 years of service, Edmund and his wife retired to Atlanta, Georgia. As a guest lecturer, he taught at Oglethorpe University for a few years before devoting full time to research on colonial and early American history and genealogy. He has written extensively on his wife's colonial ancestors and on aspects of Virginia and Maryland history during the 17th century. In addition, American History Press published his last book, South Carolina 1775 - A Crucible Year - an intimate narrative concerning the egos and travails that affected the actions of Carolinian leaders on the eve of revolution - in 2009. It is suggested that anyone wishing to pay homage to the deceased send a donation to the scholarship fund at Oglethorpe University. A graveside service will be held Saturday August 24 at 1:00 PM at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 404-255-0750 www.arlingtonmemorialpark.com. A reception at the pavilion in Arlington Memorial Park will immediately follow the internment to pay condolences to the family and to remember Edmund.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 18, 2013