EDWARD L. GETCHELL JR.
Edward L. Getchell Jr., 87, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2003 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The Rev. Tim Patterson and the Rev. John Akers will officiate.
Known to his friends and family as "Ted" or "Getch," the son of the late Edward Lincoln and Helen Jones Getchell, he was born on Jan. 16, 1917 in Jenkintown, Penn. After growing up in Jenkintown, Ted attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He served his country during World War II as an officer in the Army Air Corps. Ted began his working career with the Glen L. Martin Co. in Baltimore, Md. followed by a move to Western Electric in 1946. Western Electric "loaned" Ted to Bell Telephone Laboratories where he remained until his retirement in 1979. During his 33 years with Bell Labs, Ted managed the design and development of critical components for the Safeguard Anti-Ballistic Missile testing program, followed by a two year assignment to Kwajalein Island in the South Pacific to oversee the installation and testing of the equipment.
Ted was an ardent sailor, and after retiring from Bell Labs, he and his wife, Ella, spent many summers exploring the waters off the coast of Maine. They greatly enjoyed sharing their love of the Camden, Maine area by frequently inviting friends from across the country to join them for a few weeks of sailing adventure.
Ted was an active member of the Greensboro unit of the United States Power Squadrons, an organization devoted to safe boating through education and of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a worldwide volunteer organization devoted to improvement of local communities.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ella; their two sons, Edward L. Getchell III and wife, Candace of King and W. Graham Getchell and wife, Dudley Hackney of Pfafftown; and by his granddaughter, Erin L. Getchell of King.
The family will receive visitors in the Holy Trinity Church library immediately following the service.
The family requests that remembrances be made to Habitat for Humanity.
Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel is assisting the Getchell family.