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Edward Burr Bigelow Of Ha`iku, Maui and Palo Alto, Calif. died on August 11 at his California home. Bigelow was born in Chicago on May 21, 1937, and moved to the Bay Area with his family in the 1940s. A graduate of Indiana's Purdue University, he traveled widely and served as an apprentice photographer in Munich before developing a successful career as a freelance photographer in the Bay Area, where he worked for Sunset Books and numerous Silicon Valley companies. Bigelow's interest in energy conservation led to his appointment as Deputy Director of Pennsylvania's Energy Council in the 1980s. In later years Bigelow became a professional computer consultant, and computer guru for family and friends. He was a highly accomplished fine art photographer and digital artist, his work culminating in the 2009 release of David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back, the story written by Helen Park Bigelow with photographs and remastered images of Park's paintings done by Ed Bigelow. Through his lifelong love of music and language Bigelow discovered Hawaiian slack key guitar. He was instrumental in the inception of the annual George Kahumoku, Jr.'s Slack Key Guitar & `Ukulele Workshop on Maui. Ed and his wife Helen were deeply involved with Hawai`i for many years and made Maui their permanent home in 2005, until his illness forced them to return to Palo Alto in 2009. Bigelow continued to play `ukulele into the last weeks of his life. In honor of his commitment to perpetuating Hawaiian music, a scholarship fund has been established to help young Island musicians attend the Kahumoku slack key workshop. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Ed Bigelow Slack Key Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1016, Ha`iku, Maui, HI 96708. Ed is survived by his wife Helen, his daughters Terry Tobey and Kathryn Wilder of Ha`iku, Maui and Peg Pierce of Corralitos, Calif., and four grandchildren.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 22, 2010
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