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EDWIN I. BLUMENTHAL

BLUMENTHAL


EDWIN I., 89, of Valley Forge, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at home. He was born December 24, 1923 in Portland, ME the son of John J. and Anna Blumenthal. Ed was raised in Boston, MA. He graduated from Boston Latin School, Tufts University and M.I.T. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. An electrical engineer, Ed moved to Philadelphia after graduate school. One of the pioneers of the computer industry, he worked for Eckert-Mauchley Computer Corporation where he was involved with the development of the UNIVAC, the first computer for commercial use. After retiring from Burroughs Corporation, Ed consulted to the computer industry, specializing in aerospace defense systems. Ed was an active member of the Main Line Unitarian Church. He enjoyed camping in Bar Harbor, ME, as well as sailing, skiing, cycling, and rally racing. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 62 years, Betty (White) Blumenthal, sons Bruce and David, daughters Lizbeth and Stephanie (Whelan) and her husband John, granddaughters Emily and Ava (Whelan), and dear family friend Gretchen Lee. He was preceded in death by his sons Jeffrey and Paul. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ed's memory to Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S. Valley Forge Rd., Devon, PA 19333 or a Special Olympics chapter of your choice. A Memorial Service will be held at Main Line Unitarian Church on November 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Arr. by BRINGHURST FUNERAL HOME AT WEST LAUREL HILL CEMETERY.

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Published on Philly.com on Nov. 24, 2013
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