Deceased November 4, 2017
Ed died on Nov. 4, 2017, with his wife, Ruth, at his side. The cause was complications from a fall that occurred during his daily walk.
Born in Flushing, N.Y., Ed grew up in the Great Neck area of Long Island. He graduated from St. Paul’s School in Garden City, Long Island. At Amherst he majored in history and belonged to Phi Delta Theta. He then served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1950 to 1952 as a first lieutenant in the field artillery.
He began his professional career in 1953 at Harris, Kerr, Foster & Co., an accounting firm specializing in the hospitality industry. At night he attended New York University, earning an M.B.A. in 1957. During this time he also became a certified public accountant. In 1965 he joined Eastern Airlines as assistant treasurer. Three years later he joined Trans World Airways as assistant treasurer and was promoted to senior vice president of finance in 1971. In 1975 he was promoted to president and CEO until 1985, when Carl Icahn, known as a corporate raider, gained control after a bitter fight. Ed left TWA and became president and CEO of Hilton International until retiring in 1988. In general Ed was known for a quiet, unassuming style.
Throughout his career he served on numerous corporate, government and public boards. He loved golf and was an avid bridge player, which he learned at Amherst. His greatest passion was spending time with his family, friends and many pets at home or at his summer home in Southhold, N.Y. He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 60 years; two sons; and four granddaughters.
Certainly one of our most illustrious class members—hats off to him for such an amazing career! He will be missed by many.
Dave Sinclair ’50