Edgar "Ed" Israel Landerman
December 15, 2021
Funeral InformationDecember 19 2021 - 11:00 am
Homewood Cemetery, 1599 S. Dallas Avenue, Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill), 15217
Edgar "Ed" Israel Landerman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend to all, passed away peacefully in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. He was 98 1/2 years young. His wisdom, humor, generosity, and insight will be sorely missed by all. Ed was born in Stowe Township, near McKees Rocks on March 27, 1923. In 1944, he graduated from Carnegie Technology Institute, now Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), with a degree in Metallurgical engineering. His work in Detroit for Ford Motor Company led him to return to his beloved Pittsburgh to obtain a Masters Degree at the University of Pittsburgh. He briefly served in the United States Army and was honorably-discharged, returning home to work on defense contracts.
Ed's career as a metallurgical engineer, with a specialty in nuclear power, continued at Westinghouse for a span of 35 years. He continued to consult for Westinghouse for three years after retirement and kept abreast of the developing science in his field well into his nineties. Ed took great pride in being an integral part of the group that ensured the safety of nuclear power. During his career, he traveled to Europe and Japan over 20 times. Work and travel inspired Ed's remarkable global perspective on both his industry and culture. Together with his wife - Ethel "Inkie" Landerman, Ed was a pioneer in his respect for diversity and in his advocacy for universal equality and human rights.
Throughout his life, Ed was deeply committed to public service. His daughters, Emily Landerman Goldberg of Fox Chapel and Laura Landerman Garber of New Hampshire, recall their parents' involvement in multiple civil rights and political movements, and credit them with bettering our communities on both a local and a global scale. It was not unusual for Ed and his beloved wife "Inkie" to pack up the family to attend rallies and lectures dedicated to improving the lives of minorities and the underserved.
Ed was an active participant/board member to such agencies as Alleghent County MH/MR, Allegheny County Board of Public Assistance, Outward Bound at CMU, PERSAD (founding member). Ed was always active in Democratic campaigns on into his 90's when he served as a Democratic Committee man for his ward. He became an even more active and vocal volunteer in the City of Pittsburgh once he retired. He dedicated his time, energy, and enthusiasm to organizations such as the Chautauqua Soviet Union Program, Japan/America Society, the Career Development Center of the Jewish Family and Children's Services, and the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh, (Board Member), Parkinson's Chapter of Western Pennsylvania, and the American Jewish Committee-Pittsburgh Chapter. Ed and Inkie were among the Founders of NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive) and were profoundly proud that over 15,000 scholarships had been awarded to young people in search of furthering their education. Ed's involvement in ALL (Academy of Lifelong Learning) OSHER at CMU was also a source of great pride for him, serving as one of the 40 founding members and co-chairs of the curriculum committee. Thanks in part to Ed's advocacy and organizational skills, thousands of classes have been offered to ALL-OSHER Members, each with a focus on one of Ed's core values; that is, everyone should have the opportunity to learn throughout the lifespan and to grow intellectually in areas that had once been off limits to senior citizens. Ed's passion for involvement in new activities went beyond the classroom.
Ed was extremely social... always loved a party, the bigger the better. He was an avid tennis player, often seen on the courts well into his nineties alongside his friends, even winning several tennis championships in recent years. He took tango lessons and tap dancing lessons with his daughter Emily in his mid-80's; following up with attendance at lectures and theater events to stay current with the Arts.
Ed was a long time Member of the Tree of Life Synagogue and in later years, at Rodef Shalom, the latter included active involvement in the Temple Brotherhood there, being named Volunteer of the Year. In 2011, the Jewish Association on Aging, honored him as one of the "8 Over 80" awardees for his contributions.
At the center of Ed's life was his beloved family. Inkie, his wife of 53 years, was his true soul mate and together they raised their cherished daughters. Their sons-in-law became the sons that they never had and the light of their lives were their grandchildren and great grandchildren. He took pure pleasure in his role as the family patriarch, sharing his wisdom and love with the next generations of his extended family. He loved being an uncle, great- and great-great uncle to many, often finding himself surrounded by generations, each gathering bringing him infinite joy.
Ed is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Emily (Landerman) and Richard Goldberg, Laura Landerman-Garber and Ben Garber. He is also survived by his grandchildren Zoe Garber, Mollie (Garber) and Nachum Ozeri, Reid and Harrison Goldberg and Rika Goldberg as well as his cherished great-grandchildren, Leora, Gideon, Eliezer, Shmuel, and Yackov. Additionally he is survived by his loving companion, Edie Twersky.
Service and Interment will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh, 601 E. 8th Avenue, PO Box 798, Pittsburgh, PA 15120, Jewish Association on Aging, 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, Persad Center, 5301 Butler Street, #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 or Holiday Cards 4 Our Military, c/o Holiday Card Challenge, PO Box 103, Hollis, New Hampshire, 03049. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family-owned and operated. www.schugar.com