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Friday, March 09, 2007

Rest in peace, Edgar L. Bolden, Sr.

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Ebony Strange & her grandpa, Edgar L. Bolden, Sr.

This past week, our family lost one of its greatest members, Edgar L. Bolden Sr. Rest in peace.

Edgar Louis Bolden, 85, an electrical engineer and former Tuskegee Airman who worked for the Federal Aviation Administration from 1969 to 1980, died March 4 at his home in Portland, Oregon. He had Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Edgar Louis Bolden was an Arlington native. He was a 1939 graduate of Armstrong High School in Washington and a 1949 electrical engineering graduate of Howard University.

During World War II, he became an Army Air Forces pilot and served with the Tuskegee Airmen in the United States.

Before joining the FAA, he was an electrical engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, the Bureau of Standards in Washington and RCA in New Jersey, where he specialized in space and defense communications systems.

He moved to the Portland area from Arlington in 1994.

He was a member of Calloway United Methodist Church in Arlington and the East Coast chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

His marriage to Klara Guyton Bolden ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Mae Porter Bolden of Portland, whom he married in 1977; 10 children from his first marriage, Edgar Bolden Jr. of Portland, Michael Bolden of the San Fernando Valley in California, Paul Bolden of Bowie, Peter Bolden of Baltimore, Christopher Bolden of Lexington Park; Francis Bolden of Dumfries, Bonita Bolden of Washington, Clara Bolden of Dale City and Maria Turner and Lucy Bolden, both of Alexandria; a sister, Mignon Johnson of Silver Spring; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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