Edwin V. Alden

Edwin Vance Alden, Ph.D., born Sept. 20, 1933, passed on at home while in hospice care on Feb. 7, 2017, after a number of years with multiple health issues. At home with him were his wife of 60 years, Camille, his son, Marc, and his daughter-in-law, Debbie.

Ed was born and spent his early childhood in Denver, Colo., and his later years in Las Vegas, Nev. He spent a year at the University of Nevada, Reno, and two years serving in the Army in Korea. In 1957, he married Camille DeWolfe and returned to school to earn his bachelor of science in physics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He later earned a masters and a Ph.D. in public administration from USC.

Ed was an adjunct professor at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey (1977-1978) and Senior Faculty Member at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va. (1984-1988). He retired from civil service in 1988 after a 30-year career. After retirement he continued working with executive-level clients in government agencies and the private sector as a private consultant.

He enjoyed trout fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping and cross-country skiing in the Sierra with his family and good friends. He was involved with Webelos and Explorer Scouts, BLM volunteer programs, Maturango Museum petrolyph tours and local literacy programs that taught English as a second language.

Ed is survived by his wife, Camille; son, Marc and wife Debbie; grandchildren, Kai, Niki and Kara Alden; sister-in-law, Cathy DeWolf; brothers, Richard Bender and John Gurrisi; sister, Lynda Ellis and their families.

Ed and Cam have lived in the Ridgecrest-China Lake area for more than 50 years.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in the Coso Room of the Maturango Museum. Please come with a story, anecdote or observation to share with everyone as we celebrate a warm, generous, caring man and the amazing life he lived.

— Submitted by the family of Edwin Alden

Story First Published: 2017-02-17