Edgar "Ed" Dresner, a longtime resident of Vernon, died March 7, 2013, in the loving company of his wife of 60 years, Fay, and his daughter, Amy Brooks, and her husband, Russell Brooks. His son, Frank R. Dresner, had died in 2008.
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After serving four and a half years in the U.S. Army during World War II, Ed finished his studies at the University of Wisconsin and then earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Ohio State University. A goodly portion of his life was devoted to working on agricultural projects to benefit Third World countries, including Indonesia and Costa Rica. After his retirement, Ed and Fay took numerous "shoestring" vacations to countries of the Far East. Ed was always an outdoorsman who loved forests and mountains. He joined the Appalachian Mountain Club around 1973 and was an enthusiastic hiker, leader, trailmaker for the AMC, Forest and Park Association, and the Northern Connecticut Land Trust. Ed was a wise, strong, resilient, hard working individual who cared deeply for family, and always provided them a safe and loving home.
There will be no memorial service and his wish was to be cremated.
His family is truly heartbroken to have lost him for 10 years to Alzheimer's and memorial contributions may be made in Ed's name to
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 15 to Mar. 19, 2013