Edmund B. Fitzgerald
February 5, 1926 – August 28, 2013
FITZGERALD, Edmund Bacon Of Nashville, died on the 28th of August, 2013 at the age of 87. Born in Milwaukee, WI to Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Fitzgerald, he attended the Milwaukee Country Day School, the Deerfield Academy, and the University of Michigan. He served to Captain in the USMC (1943-46 & 1950-52). He is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth McKee Christensen Fitzgerald. He is survived by his four children, Karen (Carl) Lindsay of Denver, CO, Kathleen (Peter) Picoli of Long Island, NY, E. Greer (Pamela) Fitzgerald of Manitowish Waters, WI, and Rogers C. (Karen) Fitzgerald of Delavor, NSW, Australia. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; brother-in-law, Thor (Joanne) Christensen; sister-in-law, Eugenie Ebert; brother-in-law, Richard Cutler. From 1990 until 2008, he was a professor on the faculty of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. During the decade of the 1980's, he was Chairman and CEO of Northern Telecom, Ltd., formerly Nortel Networks Corp. Prior to joining Nortel, he was for 15 years, the CEO of Cutler-Hammer, Inc. of Milwaukee, WI. In 1970, he was a co-founder of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, and served as a General Partner of the Club until 1982. Also during the 1970's, he was a member of the Executive Council of Major League Baseball, and Chairman of its Player Relations Committee. During the 1980's, he served on President Reagan's National Security Tele-communications Advisory Committee, and prior to that was Vice Chairman of the Industry Advisory Council to the U.S. Department of Defense. He was also a former President of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. He was a life trustee and former Chairman of the U.S. Committee for Economic Development, and also a director of the Business Council on National Issues in Ottawa, Canada for four years. In 1997, he was decorated by the Majesty the Emperor of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold & Silver Star, in recognition of his long devotion to improving trade relations between the U.S. and Japan. He also served for many years on the Korea U.S. Wisemen Council dedicated to improving national security and economic development on the Korean Peninsula. He was the author of three books. Visitation will be from ten o'clock until eleven o'clock on Tuesday, the 10th of September 2013 at St. George's Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205. Funeral services shall also be at St. George's Episcopal Church following visitation at eleven o'clock the morning of September 10th. Burial shall be in the Fitzgerald family plot in the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to St. George's Episcopal Church of Nashville, 4715 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205; Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield, MA 01342; or the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, 401 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.
- Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, September 10, 2013
- Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Edmund B. Fitzgerald
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October 27, 2013
Prayers to the Fitzgerald family.
September 11, 2013
He was a man who commanded respect, but behind his beautiful smile and twinkle in his eye he held a kind loving heart, as large as he was. Our hearts ache with all of you. Love Rita,Matt,Joe,Jess Penny,Burt,Andrew & Wally
September 9, 2013
I cherish the privilege of having worked for and with this splendid man as a member of the Brewers front office, He was kind, witty, jovial and warm. Though I haven't met up with Ed in years, those wonderful days remain fresh in my memory. May he rest in peace. TONY SIEGLE
TOM, NANCY AND TESSA
September 7, 2013
ONLY KNEW HIM AS "THE ADMIRAL" AND HE SURE LIVED UP TO THE RANK. PRAYERS GOING OUT FOR GREER, PAM, WES AND CARLIN AND THE REST OF THE FITZGERALD FAMILY.
September 5, 2013
So sorry to hear this. I have fond memories of him at Nortel. Praying for the family during this time of grief.
Alwanda Carothers (Nashville, TN)
September 5, 2013
Mr. Fitzgerald was a very kind man. He led one of the finest companies I have ever worked for.
September 4, 2013
Mr. Fitzgerald was a fine man. It was an honor to work under his direction at Nortel Networks.
September 1, 2013
Thank you for allowing me to get to know Mr. Fitzgerald. I enjoyed my time with him and liked his dry sense of humor. I will always think of him every time I drive by the house. I'm sorry for your your loss.
Luann Landers-CNT Alive Hospice
August 31, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss.