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Edwin Louis Force

June 26, 1939 - March 3, 2014
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Born: June 26, 1939
 
June 26, 1994
Celebrating Ed’s 55th Birthday
Celebrating Ed’s 55th Birthday
Died: March 3, 2014

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Michael Pangelina posted on 4/2/20

Ed Force showed up in my life somewhere around 2000. I was struggling quite a bit in school, and my mom hired Ed as my math tutor. His look was unmistakable, as the previous posters have noted. I'm happy to say that when we crossed paths he was absolutely still rocking the leather jacket, cowboy hat, and boots—which I found immensely amusing and cool as a middle school kid. He was exactly how others here have described him: eager to teach, dedicated to helping you learn from your mistakes, and always willing to work with you until you got the problem right. I think he even sent us a Christmas card one year after we parted ways. I'll always remember him well.

 

Ron Thompson posted on 1/10/18

I first met Ed in December of 1995 – a newly hired intern slated to become a member of Ed’s award winning and much heralded NASA intern group known as the “SWAT” Team (Students Working Advanced Technology). In the year and half I was part of this team I found Ed’s ability to challenge one’s limits, encourage and validate one’s ability - awe inspiring. He consistently promoted a “you can do it” attitude to his interns no matter the challenge in front of them and was always available should you get stuck or were unsure of something. With every task completion I found myself wanting to do better – wanting to uphold his team’s legacy of highly competent and highly accomplished students. Known as “The Force” in the Life sciences branch at Ames Research center where we were based, Ed’s black cowboy hat and boots were definitely his visual trademark. Ed’s ability and skill to nurture young minds to their full potential and the clearly visible pride he took in us(his SWAT Team) stays with me to this day. Twenty three years later I am still at NASA and I often incorporate much of his teachings when dealing with or mentoring interns today. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing- . . . the world is in dire need of more people like Ed.

 

T. Mark Hightower posted on 1/8/18

My tribute to Dr. Edwin L. Force (1939-2014) Dr. Ed Force was a key person in my life and career and also a true friend. He was also a pleasure to work for and I learned a lot from him. He was a mentor to many students. I was sorry to have lost touch with him after he retired from NASA Ames, and then later was saddened to discover when searching the web that he had passed away in 2014. If it wasn’t for him, I probably would not have ended up getting a job at NASA Ames Research Center in 1989. I was out of work and job hunting early in 1989 and I put a seeking employment ad in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) local chapter newsletter called the Flowsheet. It just so happened in that same issue was an ad that Ed Force had put in where NASA was looking to hire chemical engineers to work on life support system research for future long duration missions. Ed was the project manager (I don’t remember his exact title) for PC/CLLS, Physical Chemical Closed Loop Life Support. Ed and I connected, and I ended up getting hired as a contractor in April 1989. At that time the project was under the Life Sciences Division. In 1990 a new division was formed at NASA Ames, the Advanced Life Support Division. I was able to get hired as a NASA civil servant in January of that year. Numerous times we had Ed over to our house for BBQ’s with other NASA work associates. Ed was a fellow cat lover and he enjoyed our family of cats. The picture of Ed was taken when we celebrated his 55th birthday in our backyard. The black hat became a trademark of his at some point while working at Ames, I believe. I remember my son Ben asking me if Ed was a good guy or a bad guy. I have many fond memories of Ed. May he rest in peace. T. Mark Hightower

 

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