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Edward Alexander Nowatzki On the morning of May 4, 2015, Edward Alexander Nowatzki passed away peacefully at Santa Catalina Villas in Tucson, Arizona after a three month long battle with cancer. Ed was 79 years old. Ed Nowatzki was born in the Bronx, New York on February 23, 1936. He was the second child, and only son, of his Polish immigrant parents, Marianna and Frank Nowatzki. While growing up, he and his family attended Blessed Sacrament Church where Ed also went to school and served as an altar boy for several years. After studying at Cathedral Preparatory High School and Cathedral College in New York, Ed went on to Manhattan College where he met his wife of 50 plus years, Patricia Ann Nowatzki. They married in 1962 and journeyed to Tucson, Arizona where Ed went on to obtain his graduate degree and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona. Ed made significant contributions to the Civil Engineering programs at both the UofA and Cal Poly State University, while remaining abreast of current trends through simultaneous service as a private sector consultant. Ed touched the careers and lives of literally thousands of students and practitioners. Along the way, he held many positions and achieved many awards including Civil Engineer of the Year in 1998 from the ASCE Southern Branch as well as State of Arizona Engineer of the Year in 2007 from the Arizona Society of Professional Engineers. Ed is survived by his wife, Patricia Nowatzki; his sister, Rita Nowatzki, SC and his children, Christopher (Amy), Eileen, Thomas and Joseph (Susan) and grandchildren, Taylor and Tanner. A Wake will be held at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. in Tucson on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. with the Holy Rosary recited at 5:00 p.m. Cemetery Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Holy Hope Cemetery, 3555 N. Oracle Rd. in Tucson. Mass will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 338 W. University Blvd. in Tucson. Celebrate Ed's life with us afterwards at BJ's Restaurant at 4270 N. Oracle Rd. in Tucson anytime between 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent on behalf of Edward to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 820 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 and/or to the Neuro-Oncology Fund, in memory of Charlie James Savarese, at Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

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Published in Arizona Daily Star on May 6, 2015.
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May 22, 2015
My Deepest condolences to Thomas and his family.
Maria Domingo Bon '84
May 11, 2015
Chris and Eileen, I was sorry to hear about your loss and even though it's been forever since we've seen each other I wanted to extend my condolences to both of you. I will definitely keep your family in my prayers, Peter Trujillo
May 11, 2015
My sincere condolences to Patty and family.
Dr. Ed was my advisor, mentor, and friend.
He was a greater teacher and touched many young engineers lives in a very positive way. I will think of him and miss him for the rest of my days. Sincerely,
Marc Orman
May 10, 2015
My family's prayers are with you, as we pray for your father's soul. May you keep all of the good memories alive in your hearts and in the stories you recount among yourselves as you gather together in our Lord's name.
Luana (Sainz) Patterson
May 10, 2015
Dearest Rita, Pat and family, Our deepest condolences to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Kevin and Maggie (Coughlin) Bangston
May 9, 2015
Thank you Dr Nowatski for being a great friend to our whole family. You will be missed but revered and remembered. Love - James Carmody and Family
James Carmody
May 8, 2015
You are in my prayers.
Cheryl Mason
May 8, 2015
God will definitely show you the way to smiling again. I know this experience will change you forever. Just remember all the good times you shared with your father and all the love he gave you throughout the years. He is not gone. He will live in your heart forever.

Mario Anguiano III '82
Mariano Anguiano III
May 8, 2015
My deepest condolensces to Pat, Chris, Eileen, Joe and Tom. I have such fond memories of Mr. Nowatzki and the family. God Bless you all and my prayers are with you.
Rosemary Munoz Segura '82.
May 8, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
Tammy (Doris) LeBouton
May 8, 2015
Chris, Eileen and Family, So sorry to hear of your Father's passing. Thoughts and prayers for you all.
Mike Selk and Family
Mike Selk
May 8, 2015
The Salpointe Catholic High School community extends deepest sympathy to the Nowatzki family. You are in our prayers at this difficult time.
Salpointe Catholic High School
May 8, 2015
Dear Pat,
My condolences to you and your family. Dr. Ed was the only professor at the U of A that became a friend. He helped me when I was a senior to write my resume which I used to get a job that has lasted 35 years. I always looked forward to visiting him at the Engineering Breakfast during Homecoming Weekend. I'm am fortunate the Dr. Ed was a positive influence in my life. I am glad that he is not in pain any longer and know I will see him again in the heavens.

Bob Caccavale
May 7, 2015
Dr. Nowatzki helped me all the way along my journey to becoming a professional and structural engineer. He was always willing to help. My prayers go out to his family. I hope they find comfort in knowing that he's free from pain and the troubles of this world, and he's now in that perfect place that our Savior has for made us.
May 7, 2015
Dear Pat and Rita, My prayers are with you. Ed will join the ones we dearly miss but also take care of us lovingly from above.

Much love to you all at this time,
Noreen Coughlin
Noreen Coughlin
May 7, 2015
Dawn and I send our condolences to Pat and the family. Our good fortune is tied directly to Ed and Pat's kindness and generosity. A great teacher, engineer, mentor, and friend - he will be missed.

Gregg and Dawn Fiegel
Gregg Fiegel
May 7, 2015
The number of lives he influenced is mensurable. From a personal and professional perspective, he will have a last impact.
May 7, 2015
We lost a wonderful person and great engineer and teacher. I was a colleague at Cal Poly for many years and Ed was greatly respected by both students and faculty. My and Alice's condolences to Patty and his family.
Bob Sennett
Alice Sennett
May 6, 2015
My condolences to Ed's family and friends. Ed was my adviser at the UofA back in 1979. He helped me when I was young and needed some direction. I didn't do everything he suggested, but that was my fault. I'm glad and lucky that Ed touched my life. Look forward to seeing him again in a better place.

Greg Jones
May 6, 2015
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any mans death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
May 6, 2015
We will all miss Ed. Our sympathy to Pat and family. I sill fondly remember sharing a meal in our Teaneck NJ home in 1989. Both Ed and Pat always kept in touch with my parents during their lifetime, and it was greatly appreciated by both my parents and my family. When I was growing up in the Bronx and during subsequent visits from faraway NJ, it was always a special treat to visit the Nowatzki household. The model airplanes, which Ed masterly constructed and painted in lifelike detail, always sparked my imagination.
The Gruchawkas
Chris Gruchawka
May 6, 2015
As an adviser to the Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers for many many years, Ed became the closest of friends to thousands of students passing through the Civil Engineering College at the University of Arizona. He was not only such a well respected Professor of Engineering but the friend, mentor and adviser to all who had the pleasure of connecting with him.
I will miss you Ed,
Randy Hamilton, P.E.
Class of '82
Randy Hamilton
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