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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Edward O. Ansell

Edward O. Ansell

March 29, 1926 - June 30, 2021

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

Service Date: Monday July 5th, 2021

Service Time: 12:00 pm

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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Edward Orin Ansell was born to Hyman and Mollie Ansell on March 29, 1926 in Superior, WI. He received all his schooling there, including the first two college years at the University of Wisconsin, Superior (then Superior State Teachers College). He then transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison to earn a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. While there he taught himself to play the saxophone so he could participate with the band.
Ed’s earliest jobs were working in his father’s grocery store. But, he soon switched to take advantage of his hobby, amateur radio, followed by a commercial radiotelephone operator permit which led to employment for several years as a radio operator at the Lake Superior Coastal Harbor station in Duluth, MN; his waterfront pass first being issued by the Captain of the Port of Duluth in 1944.
Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin he moved on to Buffalo, NY (he said it was warmer there) as an employee of the Federal Communications Commission.
After three years he transferred to the FCC offices in Washington, DC so he could attend law school at night. While at The George Washington Law School he was active in Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, as an extra in several plays and in his senior year he became president of the student body.
Upon graduation, Ed passed the Patent and District of Columbia Bar Exams and moved to Princeton NJ and the Patent Department of RCA. While in Princeton he attended a Continuing Education of the Bar class in New York City where he ran into Walter a law school friend. Walter invited Ed to a picnic and even provided a date! She turned out to be Hanne Baer. They met in June and were married in December of 1956.
Looking for more of a challenge, Ed decided to accept an offer to be the General Manager of a small research firm that had been founded by a number of recognized professors at Princeton. Ed’s daughter, Deborah Herman (David) was born in Princeton in the same hospital where his granddaughters Annie and Emily Herman were also born many years later.
Ed was just getting involved, when a former law school roommate received a promotion and transfer and asked Ed to come to Southern California to manage the patent department of the growing aerospace firm, Aerojet General. That brought the family to Claremont where son William was born,. He took the job and held it for 24 years, moving through the ranks to Corporate Patent Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He then was recruited by the California Institute of Technology and served as the Director of Patents and Licensing for both CalTech and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the next ten years.
After Ed retired from CalTech he established a law office in Claremont specializing in trademarks, patents and technology transfer. Hanne became his legal assistant. He finally retired at age 85.
His long career included membership on the Advisory Board of the Bureau of National Affairs. For several years he served as an adjunct professor at the University of LaVerne Law School. Ed is the author of numerous articles on technology transfer.
He was honored with a listing in Who’s Who in American Law and in Finance and Industry. The George Washington University awarded him 1979 Alumni Service Award.
In 2003 Hanne and Ed decided to move to Mt. San Antonio Gardens where both became very active members of the community. Ed chaired the Saturday night movie committee for many years and then helped to introduce CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) to the Gardens. He conducted an amateur radio program at the Gardens and joined several amateur radio groups in Claremont and surrounding communities.
Ed is also survived by his sister Phyllis Harris (Howard) of Golden Valley, MN and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents and brother and sister-in-law Sherman and Lois Ansell.
The funeral will be held at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills on Monday, July 5th at 12 PM. Donations in memory of Edward O. Ansell can be sent to the Laura and Bill Fuller Music Education Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Superior Foundation, PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880 or the Law School Dean’s Fund, The George Washington University Law School Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 2000 “H” Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20052.