Citizen Ed

By: bmshep

Mar 28 2010

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Category: Male Citizens

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This is Ed. Ed is the last of his generation on my wife’s side of the family. We stopped to see Ed, my wife’s great uncle, in Visalia on our way down to So Cal. Ed was born in 1917 in Red Bluff but grew up mainly in San Bernadino. He attended Cal Tech in Pasadena and became a civil engineer. Around this time he met his future wife Jo, who attended Occidental. They married in 1941 and would stay married for 65 years. Ed’s first job was for the Army Corps of Engineers, at Hansen Dam,  and then he traveled the U.S. for 37 years working for the Bureau of Reclamation. After he retired, a friend in the World Bank convinced him to go to Sri Lanka as an advisor on water projects. Ed and his wife stayed for 4 1/2 years. Ed is 92.

Favorite Accomplishments: In the 1950’s, working the Friant dam, where I was responsible for delivering water to 2 million acres of land.

Regrets: I don’t really have any regrets. I’ve had an enjoyable life and had a wonderful wife.

What are your passions and obsessions? Benjamin Franklin. He’s was a ‘go to’ guy, very pragmatic, got things done. Sailing. I’m a chocoholic.

What is your favorite memory of Sri Lanka? We really liked riding elephants at the elephant orphanage. My wife loved it because we had a cook and a gardener.

Sound Off! Some financial advice for you; when you get a raise use half of it to improve your situation and then save the other half.


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