Edwin Culp Callan Son of Charlotte Culp and William Callan, passed away on March 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, CA. He was 88. Edwin is predeceased by his two brothers, William Joseph and John Clinton Callan; and his ex-wife, Georgina Hopkins Callan. Edwin is survived by his two daughters, Candace and Gay Callan; Gay's husband, George Stone; five grandchildren: Halvor Tweto, Chatom Arkin, Michael Arkin, Samuel Arkin, and Georgina Stone; his loving partner, Kingsley Jack; and extended family and many dear friends. Edwin was born in Hooper, CO, on August 30, 1920, but his father's career as a coal mine manager took the family through Clarksville and Waynesboro, PA, in his early childhood, and finally to Steubenville, OH. His father passed away on his first day of attendance at Ohio State, and soon after, in 1939, Charlotte brought Ed and John to San Francisco to live with her sister. Ed graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1942, Edwin was one of 50 Berkeley graduates who entered the Navy Air Corps as the "Flying Golden Bears," and after only four months of training, he began his career as a Navy pilot in the South Pacific. Ed supported the landings at Saipan and was airborne as his carrier was sunk in October 1944; he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for his service. Edwin married Georgina Hopkins in 1945 in San Francisco, and together they raised Candace and Gay. Ed began his career in finance as a stockbroker after he returned from the war, and in 1957, he joined Mitchum, Jones & Templeton where his numerous duties included consulting and investment performance evaluation. Edwin bought this business from Mitchum, Jones & Templeton and formed Callan Associates, Inc. in 1973; CAI has become the largest consulting firm for public funds and also advises corporations, hospitals, foundations, and money managers. Edwin sat on the National Association of Securities Dealers Advisory Board and was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, where he was also an arbitrator. An avid fisherman, scuba diver, golfer and sailor, Edwin traveled extensively with his friends and family, introducing his grandchildren to these pursuits along the way. San Francisco was, however, very much his home city; he raced the sailboat "Gandy" on the bay from 1955 to 1970, and he always remembered flying in formation beneath the Golden Gate Bridge with three other Grumman torpedo planes. For more than 30 years, Edwin lived on Telegraph hill, always delighting in the fly-by maneuvers that the parrots perform in their own perfect formations. Edwin's personal and professional legacy is one of integrity, loyalty, compassion, invention, humility and service. To be a part of Edwin's family was also to be his friend, and to be a friend of Edwin's was to be a part of his family. Ed will remain a source of joy, humor, and affection for all who knew and loved him. Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at Grace Cathedral on Saturday, April 4th, at 2:00pm. Memorial donations can be made to San Francisco Foundation / Callan Family Fund, 225 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA, 94104.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 31, 2009.