Ed Mendell

[23 NOV 1933 - M2 - 20467 - 3 JAN 2018]

Ed Mendell Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Ed Mendell - Honey Boo - Dan Dugan
[DEC 2016]



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Dan Dugan and Ed Mendell
[NOV 2016]



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Ed Mendell
[2016 Yokohama HS Reunion Planning]



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Ludwig - Axup - Quinn - Lilly - Coleman - Mendell
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Standing: Jim - John and Mack Cutchin - Mendell - Sitting:
Schepps' - Jones - Mendell children [60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Bill Edwards - Ed Mendell - Dan Dugan
[Yokohama HS Reunion - SEP 2012]



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Ed Mendell
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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M-2: Mendell - Schmidt's - Enslow's
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jim and Alverta Fiscus - Ed Mendell
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Ed Mendell and Phil Enslow
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Ed Mendell and Carl Bossert
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Ed Mendell and Bob Blitch
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Mendell - Buckley '23 - Dugan
[MAY 2006]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Farrington - Dryer - Batchman -
Cliff Jones - ? - Mendell [45th - 2000]



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Paul and Julie Sullivan - Ed Mendell
[c1999]



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Ed and Nancy Mendell
[c1999]



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McDaniel's '50 - Sullinger's '58 - Ed and Nancy Mendell -
Lewis' '58 - Dugan's - Almon's '54 [Silicon Valley FD - MAR 1998]



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Dan Dugan and Ed Mendell
[c1997]



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Bob Johnson and Ed Mendell
[c1997]



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Burroughs - Dryer's - C. Jones' - Enslow's -
Mendell's - Farrington's [MAY 1995]



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Chick Bosshard - John Rock - Ed Mendell -
Will Holbrook [c1992]



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Ed Mendell - Al and Kathy Cini
[1990]



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M-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Sullivan - Batchman - Bosshard - Mullan - Blanton - Katenbrink - 2nd Row: Schmidt - Rock - Mendell - 3rd Row: Burkhart - Enslow - Farrington - Burroughs - 4th Row: Holbrook - Dryer - Cliff Jones (CO) - Ben Franklin (Absent: McIntosh)



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M-2 Yearlings



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M-2 Plebes



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Ed Mendell
[c1951]



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Dan Dugan (far left) and Ed Mendell (Back row in front of
window just right of center) Yokohama HS - DEC 1946]



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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Edward A. Mendell Cullum No: 20467 Class of: 1955 Born: WA Appointment: PR Branch: SC Date of Death: January 3, 2018 (View Memorial Article) History: 20467 Edward Allen Mendell B-WA: A-PR: SC: 82AbnDiv 55-56: 1CavDiv 57-58: Resd 58 1LT: MA Math SanJose St College 60, PhD Ed StanfordU 68: School Administrator 58: Real Est Devl 76: Exalted Ruler Palo Alto Elks Lodge 04-05: D - Menlo Park, CA 3Jan18 a-84: Ob-2019 TAPS

Register Glossary


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Edward Allen Mendell

(Nov. 23, 1933 - Jan. 3, 2018)

Resident of Los Altos

Ed passed away peacefully of natural causes, as a result of dementia, on the morning of January 3, 2018 with his family by his side. Ed touched many lives as a teacher, businessman, and athlete.

Ed was born at Fort Lewis, Washington, the son of a military family, and after graduating from Miami High School, he was accepted to West Point. As a cadet he excelled in both the ranger program and the paratroopers. He also played on the football team, threw the javelin, and was a heavyweight boxer on the boxing team. He graduated from West Point in 1955 and received his diploma from President Eisenhower.

Ed spent two years in the army before pursuing his dream of being a school teacher. He relocated from New York to California and eventually found a position as a teacher at Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto. He spent several years at Ravenswood, then at Woodside High, before finishing his career at Ravenswood. In 1968 he took a sabbatical from teaching and received a doctorate in education from Stanford.

Ed took up handball and joined the Palo Alto Elks Club. There, he met many of his longtime friends. And years later, he was instrumental in keeping the club alive when it ran into financial trouble. He was elected as the Exalted Ruler of the Elks, a very proud moment in his life.

Ed also volunteered as a little league and soccer coach. He competed in handball tournaments, including several with his oldest son, winning four titles including one at the age of 80. He enjoyed fishing trips to Alaska, and in recent years, he would donate all of his catch to the veteran's hospital in Palo Alto.

At 6' 3' with a very muscular build, Ed could be an intimidating figure, especially for those who knew about his boxing background. However, he had a soft spot for children and animals and often found humor when least expected.

Ed is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy; his sons, Glenn and Dale; daughter, Diana; and grandchildren, Yvette, Shelby, and Alexandra. He is preceded in death by his parents, Col. Martin Mendell and mother Lela, his brother James and his sister Patricia.

Ed will be buried on January 10, 2018 at 11 am, at the Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto on 695 Arastradero Road, followed by a celebration of life at the Palo Alto Elks Club located at 4249 El Camino Real.

For more information contact glennmendell@gmail.com.

San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times
7 January 2018


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Edward A. Mendell 1955

Cullum No. 20467-1955 - January 3, 2018
Died in Menlo Park, CA
Interred in Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, CA


Edward Allen Mendell passed away peacefully of natural causes as a result of dementia on the morning of January 3, 2018 with his family at his side. He touched many lives as a teacher, businessman, and athlete.

Ed was born at Fort Lewis, WA, the son of a military family. He was well indoctrinated with Army life. As a typical Army brat, he traveled the world and attended school in at least three different states, excelling wherever he went. He finally ended his pre-college education in Florida, graduating from Miami High School. With a family history of service he grew up with the desire to serve and to do so as an officer in the United States Army. West Point was his goal. He sought and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy, qualified for entrance, and was accepted. Early in June 1951 he traveled to West Point, where he joined the West Point Class of 1955. After surviving New Cadet Beast Barracks, he was assigned to Company M-2. As a cadet he excelled in the classroom and as an athlete...throwing the javelin for the Track Team and as a heavy weight boxer on the Boxing Team. He did well in academics and had time for the football program as well. His companymates in Company M-2 recall Ed as a 'versatile boy from the far West...when not occupied by his favorite pastime of sleeping, still managed to win a boxing title or two and keep up with the best in academics. With his unmatched sense of humor and intellectual potential, 'Punch' should contribute much to the service as an officer.' He graduated from West Point and received his diploma from President Dwight D Eisenhower.

Ed selected Infantry as his initial branch of service, and after three years with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Cavalry Division he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of being a school teacher. After receiving his Master of Arts at San Jose College and his Doctor of Philosophy at Stanford, he began his teaching career. His first teaching position was at Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto, CA. From there he went to Woodside High School, before finishing his teaching career back at Ravenswood. In 1968 Ed took a sabbatical from classroom teaching and went to Stanford University, where he received his Doctorate in Education.

In 1960 Ed took the long step when he married Nancy. Three children resulted from this marriage: sons Glen and Dale and daughter Diana. For the next 58 years this family would travel the world together.

School took up much of Ed's time; however, he did find time to hone his handball skills and to lend his expertise to the Palo Alto Elks Club. There he met many of his long time friends and was instrumental in keeping the club alive when it ran into financial trouble. His efforts earned him the position of 'Exalted Ruler of the Elks,' a position he cherished for life.

Ed also found time to volunteer as a little league soccer coach and to compete in various handball tournaments, including several with his oldest son. Together they won many tournaments, and at age 80 he won his final handball championship. Ed also enjoyed fishing trips to Alaska, where he was highly successful, so much so that he would donate his catch to the veterans hospital in Palo Alto.

At 6 feet 3 inches, and with a very muscular build, Ed could be an intimidating figure, especially to those who were aware of his West Point boxing background; however, he had a soft spot for children, and he often found humor when least expected.

Duty, Honor, Country were Ed's guidelines. He served his country, his, community, and his family with great service, with sincerity, and with devotion. The Long Gray Line gets longer yet stiffer. Be Thou at Peace.

TAPS Memorial Article


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