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Edgar Owen Bottler, generous and loving father and patron of the arts, passed away peacefully in his home in Greenwich, CT on March 1, 2014, at the age of 90. He is survived by his two daughters, Claire McKean of Greenwich, CT and Carolyn Bottler of Austin, TX, and two grandsons, Charlie McKean of Houston, TX and Jack McKean of Greenwich, CT. Ed was born November 6, 1923, in Bartlesville, OK. He grew up in Tulsa, OK and graduated from Rice University in 1944 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He served in the Navy in WWII and then earned his law degree from the University of Texas. He practiced law in Houston, TX for many years, as Assistant U.S. Attorney under Malcolm Wilkey, and then as general counsel to the Columbia Oil and Gas Co. He moved to Greenwich, CT in 1963. Shortly thereafter he began his long career as vice president and general counsel to the Continental Group. He enjoyed an active retirement in Seattle, WA, where he served as president of the Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra in Seattle and of the Seattle Symphony. He launched a popular salon program there, bringing chamber music and poetry readings into private homes. He happily returned to Greenwich in 2010. Ed lived a remarkable life, traveling the world, enjoying friends and family, and always appreciating the beauty around him, whether in art, music, poetry, the charm of a person's smile, or the simple quiet of a trout stream. His family offers heartfelt thanks to the Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice program and to his wonderful caregivers. Memorial service will be private. Donations may be made to the Greenwich Symphony or to his beloved alma mater, Rice University.
Published in GreenwichTime on Mar. 9, 2014