Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - OBITUARIES -

Ed­ward S. Neu­mann, known to his fam­ily and friends as “Ed,” passed away Oc­to­ber 21, 2017, at the age of 75. He was born March 6, 1942, in Har­vey, Illi­nois, to Ade­line and Art Neu­mann. Ed at­tended Thorn­ton High School in Har­vey, Illi­nois, earned a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Civil En­gi­neer­ing from Michi­gan Tech Univer­sity and earned both a Master of Sci­ence and PhD in Civil En­gi­neer­ing from North­west­ern Univer­sity. Af­ter com­plet­ing his aca­demic stud­ies, Ed mar­ried Ca­role (Dunkel­berger) Neu­mann in 1969. Ed served in the U.S. Army Corps of En­gi­neers as a re­searcher at the Wa­ter­ways Ex­per­i­ment Sta­tion, Vicks­burg, Mis­sis­sippi. Af­ter com­plet­ing his mil­i­tary ser­vice, Ed de­voted the next 20 years of his life as a univer­sity pro­fes­sor and re­searcher at West Vir­ginia Univer­sity. He served as a project mem­ber of the Per­sonal Rapid Tran­sit sys­tem where he tested lev­i­ta­tion mode guide­ways. In 1991, Ed took ad­van­tage of a unique op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue his aca­demic and re­search ca­reer at the Univer­sity of Ne­vada, Las Ve­gas (“UNLV”). Ed was a mem­ber of the fac­ulty of UNLV for 23 years and served as the Chair of the Civil and En­vi­ron­men­tal En­gi­neer­ing Depart­ment for nine years. One of Ed’s most ad­mirable qual­i­ties was his en­thu­si­asm for life-long learn­ing. This char­ac­ter­is­tic is best demon­strated by his re­turn to North­west­ern Univer­sity as a stu­dent of pros­thet­ics at the ma­ture age of 55. Ed was never too old to ex­plore new in­ter­ests and delve into study. Af­ter com­plet­ing his aca­demic stud­ies, Ed in­terned at Su­pe­rior Limb and Brace in Las Ve­gas and be­came a Cer­ti­fied Pros­thetist. Ed pur­sued his pas­sion for pros­thet­ics while con­tin­u­ing to carry a full work­load as a teach­ing and re­search pro­fes­sor at UNLV. Ed’s aca­demic and re­search in­ter­ests in his late ca­reer con­cen­trated on pros­thet­ics. Ed par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral re­search and grant stud­ies through UNLV. Ed au­thored an in­tro­duc­tion to en­gi­neer­ing text book, re­searched and pub­lished nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles dis­cussing both civil en­gi­neer­ing and pros­thetic sub­jects. Ed was a Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neer and dis­tin­guished as Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus at UNLV. Ed was a vo­ra­cious reader, ad­ven­tur­ous traveler and a pa­tron of the arts. Ed also en­joyed hik­ing, bik­ing, ski­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and “trains, planes and things that go.” As a hobby, Ed held a pi­lot li­cense for many years and flew small planes and per­formed ae­rial acrobatics. Ed was able to ex­pe­ri­ence flights in two World War II war­birds. Ed’s great­est joy in life was fam­ily. In re­tire­ment, Ed helped care for two grand­chil­dren in Las Ve­gas, and trav­elled to visit his two other grand­chil­dren. Ed is sur­vived by his wife, Ca­role; two sons, Ed Jr. and Jon, and their fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing their two sons and two daugh­ters; and nu­mer­ous cousins. Me­mo­rial ser­vice will be at 11 a.m. Mon­day, Novem­ber 20, at Green Val­ley Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1798 Wig­wam Park­way, Hen­der­son, NV 89014. In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider do­nat­ing to the UNLV Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing in honor of his life-long in­tel­lec­tual pur­suits, de­sire to in­spire stu­dents and im­prove lives.

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