December 23, 1927 - April 12, 2015. Ed Durbin was born in New York to eastern European immigrants running a modest laundry. By age 20, Ed finished college, started a Masters' program and worked full time, making major contributions to LORAN. As Executive Vice President at Kaiser Aerospace, he was instrumental in the company's success. Ed was a consummate sailor all his adult life. He loved classical music, the arts, and travel. He could fix almost anything. Grateful for his superb free education at Bronx High School and Cooper Union, Ed sponsored Cooper's Invention Factory and other programs. Ed is survived by his wife Joan E. Morris; daughters Yarrow and Meg; their spouses Stephanie and Clinton; stepchildren Mark and Erica; their spouses Daron and Mark; and grandchildren Naomi, Rayden, Eli, Gabriel, Austin, and Leila. Donations may be sent to the CHOICE Charitable Trust (in c/o Yarrow Durbin, 5524 2nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107), to support education of the children of immigrants.
Published in New York Times on Apr. 19, 2015.