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Roth, Edward Stanford

Edward Stanford Roth passed away on April 24, 2016 at the age of 93.

He is survived by his wife Patricia of 64 years; daughter Vicki Murray; son Douglas Roth and wife Connie; four grandchildren: Amber Murray, Erin Lloyd and husband Robert; Taylor Roth and wife Brianna; Miles Roth; and one great grandchild, Ellika Lloyd.

Edward was a WWII Veteran who was called to Armored Officer Candidate School in 1943 while attending Penn State University. He served in Italy during WWII, joining the 752 Tank Battalion in April of 1945. As Captain of the Battalion he led an effort to break up a Yugoslavian riot of thousands of Communists in Gorizia, Italy by backing five tanks into the crowd and generating a dust storm. The 752 Battalion received the Presidential Unit Citation by going into Vicenza and chasing a Nazi Panzer Division out of town. After the war Edward continued his education, graduating from Penn State University.

Edward was an Engineer at Sandia Labs from 1951-1979, where he designed an interface component to enable tactical deployment of the first Thermonuclear Weapon. He also initiated Access Denial Systems and the Safe Secure Trailer (SST) prototype. He supervised 9 anti-terrorist systems and was awarded the NSPE Archimedes Award for his anti terrorist work. In 1978 Edward became the International President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and was called upon to brief British Prime Minister Callahan regarding manufacturing problems in Great Britain.

In 1980 Edward formed the Engineering Consulting Company Productivity Services. During this time he headed V6 Engine Design and led the Tooling and Gaging Production Team at Ford Motor Company. He was also a consultant for the Pershing II Nuclear Weapons cases at Rocky Flats in 1983. He wrote five technical books and published three technical articles.

Cremation has taken place. At his request, no funeral will be held. A family celebration of his life is planned.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2016
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