2008 Paragon Award / Synchronized Swimming
Within the Pacific Association and on the National level, Ed has been involved in synchronized swimming for more than 30 years. He is known locally, nationally and internationally by coaches, officials and athletes as one who has contributed greatly to the success and growth of synchronized swimming
It began in 1966 when, as an interested dad in his daughter Kathleen's pursuit of the sport, Ed started volunteering at local meets. By 1970, he became an official in the Pacific Association of the A.A.U. During the years he gained knowledge on scoring and sound system needs and assured that these needs were met at each competition. Two years later, he was elected chairman of the Association, a position he held through the change over from the AAU to United States Synchronized Swimming. He worked with the sound and scoring systems at the 1984 (Los Angeles) and 1996 (Atlanta) Olympic Games as well as the Olympic Festivals from 1985 to 1993. By 1996, Ed took over the coordination of sound and electronic scoring systems for all U.S. National competitions. In the early 1990's, he served as National Site Selection Committee Chairman locating suitable facilities and bids for national events. He continues today as Technical Advisor to the Event Management Committee of USSS.
Ed holds a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Santa Clara and is a registered Professional Engineer (CA). Ed was drafted into the Army, in Chicago, during WWII and after basic training was sent to Europe where he joined the 7th Armored Division and fought in the "Battle of the Bulge" in 1944. He holds a Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medal from various engagements while overseas.
Besides their daughter Kathleen, Ed and Elizabeth, his wife of 51 years, have two sons, Michael of San Jose, California with four children and Charles who lives in Hawaii. Kathleen lives in Maple Island, Washington and has three children. After 30 years with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Ed is now retired but continues to be a tireless volunteer who donates his time, money and efforts to synchronized swimming. He has received the 1989 USSS Hall of Fame Contributor Award and the 1996 Lillian MacKellar Distinguished Service Award.