January 12, 1921 - November 5, 2020
Edward Kozlowski died peacefully in his sleep in Chevy Chase, Maryland on November 5, 2020.
Ed Kozlowski was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 12, 1921. As a boy, he moved to Wisconsin living on small farms, the last one in Necedah, where he finished high school in 1939 as a scholar-athlete. After high school, Ed played Class A Baseball for a year before he was admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. From there, he was drafted into the Army AirCorps and became a pathfinder navigator in Europe during World War II. He was the last surviving pathfinder navigator of the D-Day Invasion, leading the second wing of planes and flying four roundtrips over Normandy that day. In war, he survived his planes being shot down over enemy territory and the North Sea.
After the war, he returned home to Wisconsin and attended Marquette University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In 1947, Ed married the love of his life, Yolanda Frisch, an army nurse he met in England, just after D-Day. They moved to Ohio, where he completed a second degree in electrical engineering and worked for several industrial firms, including Sherwin-Williams, for which he was awarded patents. He also worked for aerospace contractor TRW, where he helped design heat shields for reentry spacecraft in the Gemini and Apollo programs. Later, he was assistant director of the Johnson Space Center physical plant (Houston). He concluded his career as associate physical plant director at Texas A & M University, Prairie View A & M and TAMU Galveston. Ed was an active member of the Bryan-College Station Lions Cluband the American Legion for many years.
He is survived by his daughter, Judith, son-in-law Arthur Perry, and granddaughters, Diana and Christina, the lights of his life. His beloved wife, Yolanda, predeceased him in 2014. Services at Arlington Cemetery will be held jointly with his wife at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home / Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Inc. 7557 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. 301-652-2200 www.PumphreyFuneralHome.com
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Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle on Nov. 22, 2020.