ADELSON, EDWARD RUSSELL, 84, Aerospace /Avionics pioneer, Air Force Veteran, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate (Class of 1950) passed away comfortably and peacefully on November 1, 2013. Edward was born April 27, 1929 in Boston Massachusetts. During his military service in the Air Force and as part of the Korean War, Edward was an electronics officer supporting F-80 and F-86 fighter pilots. While part of the original start-up team at Chrysler Missile Division, Ed worked alongside Magnus Van Braun in the development, deployment and installation of the Red Stone Rocket in the United States. Later, as part of the Jupiter Project he oversaw the installations of Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles in Europe. While at Martin Marietta, Edward provided significant contributions to the Titan Missile program. As Vice President of Operations and later as V.P. of Industry Activities at Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), Ed offered world-wide contributions and direct influence on aviation world-wide through major roles in various international air/ground data link communications initiatives. He served with distinction in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Future Air Navigation System (FANS and FANS II). He also contributed greatly to the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) Operations and Flight Operations Committees and the RTCA Inc., Program Management Committee. Through these organizations and efforts, Edward helped to develop the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management concepts that are the foundation for all modern air traffic management. Ed's contributions to avionics are commemorated in the National Air and Space Museum, Dulles Faculty. Mr. Adelson is survived by his son, Stephan Adelson, step children Sherry Latimer, Susan Winternitz, Dave Winternitz and Lisa Bartlett. Grand step children, Tara Maloof, Michael Winternitz, Joel Winternitz and Adrianna Latimer. Arrangements are being handled by Easton Funeral Home, Newton, MA. A celebration of his life will be held in Annapolis Maryland, date and location to be announced.
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Published in The Capital on Nov. 3, 2013