Edgar “Ed” Israel Landerman
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Edgar “Ed” Israel Landerman

LANDERMAN: Edgar “Ed” Israel Landerman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to many, passed away peacefully in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. He was 98-and-a-half years young. His wisdom, humor, generosity, and insight will be sorely missed by all. In 1944, he graduated from Carnegie Technology Institute, now Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), with a degree in metallurgical engineering. He obtained a master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh in the same. He briefly served in the United States Army and was honorably-discharged.
Ed’s career as a metallurgical engineer, with a specialty in nuclear power, continued at Westinghouse for a span of 35 years. Ed took great pride in being an integral part of four advisory engineering committees to oversee standards that ensured the safety of nuclear power worldwide.
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. He took pure pleasure in his role as the family patriarch.
Ed was an active participant/board member for Allegheny County MH/MR, Allegheny County Board of Public Assistance, Outward Bound at CMU, and PERSAD (founding member with Inkie). Ed was always active in Democratic campaigns on into his 90s when he served as a Democratic Committee man for his ward. He dedicated his time 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 his wife were among the Founders of NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive), a scholarship program for regional students. 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.
Ed was extremely social… always loved a party, the bigger the better. He was an avid tennis player, winning several tennis championships in his late 80s. He took tango lessons and tap dancing lessons with his daughter Emily in his mid-80s — following up with attendance at lectures and theater. Ed and Inkie took many trips to New Hampshire to visit his daughter Laura and her family.
Ed was a long time member of the Tree of Life Congregation 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.
Ed was predeceased by his parents, Rae and Morris Landerman, and sister Hilda (Lou) Frank and brother Nathaniel (Nancy) Landerman. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-laws, 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 (Rika) as well as his cherished great-grandchildren, Leora, Gideon, Eliezer, Shmuel, and Yackov. Additionally he is survived by his loving companion, Edie Twersky. Graveside services and interment were held 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. schugar.com PJC

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