Avedon, Elliott M.
Apr. 28, 1930 - Nov. 21, 2016
Dr. Elliott Avedon, whose passion for the study of games culminated in the museum of games which now bears his name, passed away in Sarasota on the morning of November 21, 2016.
Dr. Avedon retired to Sarasota after a long and prolific career in academia, first at Columbia University Teacher's College and then at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Originally concerned with rehabilitative medicine, he became interested in games as an academic subject, published the now seminal "The Study of Games" in 1971, and founded the eponymously renamed Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games, whose physical collection now resides in the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa. Always keenly interested in technology, both personally and professionally, he was an early innovator in museum virtualization and the Games Museum continues to exhibit much of its collection in an online virtual form on the web today.
Dr. Avedon settled into retirement with his life partner, Jesse Nelson, who passed away in May of 2014. Elliott and Jesse loved the arts and climate of Sarasota, their many local friends and their dog Buddy. Always gracious hosts, they enjoyed throwing meticulously planned cocktail parties for friends and family alike. Dr. Avedon loved to laugh, learn and to dote on his children and grandchildren, alternating between the formal Professor ready at a moment's notice to educate, and the happy Grandpa playing music and games to enjoy the time together.
Donations on behalf of Elliott Avedon may be made to the Sarasota Opera, one of his favorite local artisans.
He is survived by his two children, Roger (Deb Kelly) and Madeline (Gerri Mirkin), and five grandchildren, Max, Jack, Rafe, Joss and Talia, all of whom share his love of games and learning and life.
Published in Herald Tribune on Nov. 23, 2016.