Edward Golden, businessman and professor who taught American marketing practices to eager students in China, passed away on Jan. 24 in Everett. Born in Chicago on Feb. 9, 1928, he served in the Merchant Marine in WWII, then attended Northwestern University. Afterwards, he met his wife Mary when they were both enlisted in the Army. They married in 1951.
Ed and Mary moved their family of five children to Everett in 1968 when Ed joined Simpson Paper. Later, Ed bought Cascade Bottling Co. and supplied soda pop throughout Puget Sound. After closing Cascade Bottling, Ed became a professor of business marketing for Central Washington University, offering popular extension courses in Snohomish County. At age 60 Ed earned a Ph.D in Education from Seattle University.
In 1997 Ed and Mary journeyed to Hefei, China, where CWU had a relationship with Anhui University. He taught the principles of business and marketing, new concepts to many Chinese. Ed's encyclopedic knowledge was greatly appreciated by his Chinese students, who prized Ed and Mary as honored guests and extended great courtesies to them.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Josephine, and by his son Joseph. He is survived by his wife Mary and their four children and families: Deborah Wieditz (Frank), Joanna Trefethen (Dan), Carolyn Golden-Jester (Holger Ludwig), and Susannah Haugen (Bruce).
No public memorial service is planned. Remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army.
Please sign Ed's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 9, 2014