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Edward Callender

March 9, 1938 ~ October 7, 2017 (age 79)

Edward “Ted” Callender, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 7, after a short illness. Ted loved sailing, woodworking and science. He was a geologist and oceanographer with a distinguished career at the University of Michigan and the U.S. Geological Survey. During his career, he conducted research on the Great Lakes, the oceans, Lake Baikal in Siberia and many lakes and reservoirs across the U.S. He made many significant contributions to understanding water quality and geologic processes.

After retiring in Westerly, Ted continued his love of science through volunteer work on water quality in Quonochontaug Pond and Rhode Island’s other salt ponds. He served on the Board of Salt Ponds Coalition and prepared many scientific articles using data collected by volunteer pond watchers.

Born in Greenwich, CT in 1938, Ted is survived by his wife, Gail Mallard, his son, Edward E. Callender, his niece, Gizella Crawford and a great-nephew and great-niece, Will Crawford and Lucy Crawford. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Rushlow-Iacoi Funeral Home & Crematory, 64 Friendship Street, Westerly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salt Ponds Coalition @

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 Service Information

Celebration of Life
October 13, 2017

2:00 PM
Rushlow Iacoi Funeral Home and Crematory
64 Friendship Street
Westerly, RI 02891

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