Edsel Delano "Ed" Dunford
1935 - 2008
Born in North Dakota May 7, 1935, Ed died at his Rolling Hills home on Friday, October 3 at the age of 73. After serving in the Army he graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a master's degree in Engineering from UCLA. He also completed the Executive Program at Stanford University. He started his career at Ford Aeronutronics in 1961. Ed joined TRW in 1964, and most of his career was spent at its Redondo Beach, CA, Space Park facility. He rose through the technical and management ranks throughout a 30-year career with the company. He was appointed executive vice president and general manager of the company's Space and Defense businesses in 1987. In 1991, TRW's board of directors elected him president and chief operating officer at its Cleveland, Ohio headquarters. He retired from that position in 1994.

Ed served on a number of corporate boards of directors, including TRW, Cooper Tire & Rubber, Cordant Technologies, Howmet International and National Steel Corp. He co-produced and co-authored a documentary entitled "The Cold War and Beyond". He was a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and he chaired the Aerospace Industries Association. He received numerous awards including Engineering Alumnus of the Year University of Washington and UCLA and the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering selected him for the Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award in 1993. Ed's most recent philanthropic efforts were serving on the Foundation Board of Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Lorie; sons, Wyman, Stan and Philip; daughter, Marlo Garrett; step-children, Matt Henning and Abbey Greene; and 10 grandchildren. He was an avid golfer, pilot, hiking enthusiast and world traveler.

A gathering in his honor will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA, 90503.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's honor to Torrance Memorial New Hospital Tower fund, c/o Laura Schenasi, 3330 Lomita Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
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Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2008.
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Ed was an inspirational person and manager at TRW. He was an outstanding example of competence and fairness.

My deepest respects to him and his family.
Gary Kang
October 29, 2008
Edsel Dunford was a neighbor of mine on 234th Place in Torrance and we both came from North Dakota. He was always easy to talk to and he was liked in the neighborhood. Later, I contacted him about possible employment at TRW and he was most helpful and kind. Actually, I retired from Hughes and went to work at Citicorp. I always liked him.

My sympathy to his family in his early passing.

Wes Brown
Wesley Brown
October 15, 2008
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