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Edgar Dean Crumpacker ’39

Edgar Dean Crumpacker ’39, January 29, 2004, in Oregon, following a long illness. Ed received a bachelor’s degree from Reed in mathematics, then worked as a U.S. engineer surveyor, locating the sites of proposed flood control dams along the Willamette River. He took a position with the Prudential in Newark, New Jersey, anticipating a career as an actuary, and was drafted a year later. In 1941, as a cadet, he was sent to the California Institute of Technology, from which he received a master’s degree in meteorology in 1942, and a commission as a weather officer. During World War II, Ed served in the U.S. Air Force, supplying U.S. and British forces in Burma, and setting up weather stations in China. After the war, he settled in Hawaii, then attended Stanford Law School, receiving his JD in 1950. In 1951, he was recalled into the Air Force, and served two years in the Korean War. For his military career, he received numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. For 45 years, he maintained a law practice in Honolulu, Kona, and Kailua. During his career he was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney for the territory of Hawaii, and circuit court judge. In retirement he lived in Portland and in Camp Sherman, Oregon. Ed's affiliations included the Pacific Club, the Outrigger Canoe Club, the Rotary Club, and the Episcopal Church. Survivors include his companion, Katherine Livingston; his four daughters; two stepdaughters and a stepson; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2004

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