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HILDEBRAND, JR., H. Edward Age 89 of Nashville. Ed Hildebrand was a member of the Greatest Generation, born in Brooklyn on April 11, 1924, passing away on July 5, 2013. As soon as he graduated from high school, he joined the Navy and sailed numerous convoy missions to England. His pride in serving his country was matched by bitter experience-where he watched in horror as he sailed reinforcements on D+1day, seeing dozens of young soldiers drown helplessly on their way to the Normandy Shore. After the war ended, the Navy placed Ed at Vanderbilt University, an odd location for a New Yorker in 1945. It was there he met his wife of 64 years, Mary Margaret Freeman. He studied engineering and went on to a successful career as a leading baking engineer first for Continental Baking and later for Arnold Bakeries. His career included the invention of the equipment that injected the cream filling into the ever popular Hostess Twinkie. Ed was an avid sailor, piloting any number of sailboats, first in Long Island Sound and later, after he moved to Tennessee, on Percy Priest Lake. He could often be seen in his small, gaff rigged Doughdish puttering around the lake. Ed was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Ed is survived by his wife and his children, Henry E. Hildebrand (Mary), Susan Ruegger (Arthur) and Elizabeth Graber (John); grandchildren, Cait and Michael Ruegger, Ned Hildebrand and Mollie Graber. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Published in The Tennessean on July 8, 2013