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WRENCH, EDWIN HENNING Ed Wrench, 86, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2011. He was born in Michigan, but lived in La Jolla since 1952. During World War II, he was captured at the "Battle of the Bulge" in Germany in December 1944. On Easter Sunday, 1945, he escaped by jumping from a train while being transferred. After the war, he entered the University of Minnesota and met and married his wife, Marian. They moved to California. Ed graduated in 1949 with a degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and began a career in the aerospace industry. In the 1950s, Ed worked on the Atlas missile program and later worked on developing early satellites. Ed had several patents including the first patent licensed to NASA by a private individual. He is survived by his wife, Marian, his children, Ed, Dwight, Kirke, and Katherine, eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of relatives that loved him dearly. Private interment at Miramar National Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, ATTN: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, and P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 or at www.michaeljfox.org.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 12, 2011
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