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EDSEL D. DUNFORD

1935–2008

Elected in 1989

“For eminent leadership in the development and integration of satellites,
electronic payloads, and advanced technology for space.”

BY GEORGE J. GLEGHORN

EDSEL DELANO (ED) DUNFORD, former president and chief operating officer of TRW, Inc., a major aerospace and systems engineering company, died October 3, 2008, at his home in Rolling Hills, California, from kidney cancer. He was 73.

Ed Dunford was born May 7, 1935, in Langdon, North Dakota, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border. Growing up poor on a subsistence farm, he was one of the younger children in a large family. He was educated in the public schools of Osnabrock, North Dakota. Soon after graduation in the early 1950s he joined the armed services, serving for three years in the U.S. Army. Upon leaving the Army he attended the University of Washington, graduating with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1960. In 1973 the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) awarded him a master of engineering degree, and he completed the Executive Program at Stanford University in 1982.

Ed began his professional career at the Aeronutronic Division of Ford Motor Company. He spent nearly four years there as a designer of communications equipment: receivers, demodulators, digital circuitry, and similar signal processing equipment. He was proud of his responsibility for development



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