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Edgar Thomas Beauchamp Diaz

Published in the Arizona Republic on July 18, 2004.

This obit was provided by Jose Chavez who wrote that Ed "was a great friend".

Edgar T. Beauchamp was born on February 24, 1935 in Boston, MA, the son of the late Julio Beauchamp and Milagros Diaz. Ed passed away on the morning of Monday July 12 at his home in Litchfield Park, AZ, surrounded by family, friends and his beloved cats, Josh and Jasper.

He graduated from Cathedral High School in Boston Massachusetts in 1952. Ed served in the U. S. National Guard and Army. He achieved the rank of Sergeant as a Tank C ommander in the National Guard then transferred into the Army in 1953 where he served for 3 years including a year in Korea as an artillery communications specialist. He attended the RCA Institute in New York City and the Industrial Technical School in Boston specializing in electronics. He was employed by the Radio Engineering firm, Pickard and Burns Inc. of Waltham Massachusetts, where he operated a site in Singapore for two years as part of a world wide survey of radio noise. In August of 1964 he went to work for Commander Naval Telecommunications Command in Washington, DC as a civil servant. He had a distinguished career there, finishing as the head of the submarine communications division. He retired from government service on March 1st 1994 to become director of Submarine Technology for Pacific Sierra Research in Washington, D.C. In June of 1995 he moved to the Phoenix area where he continued to support the U.S. Navy as a valued consultant.

Ed is survived by brothers Hector and James, two nieces and two nephews and many loving friends. Ed ensured there was always a bit of mystery and enigma about him, yet he was always a giving person, a true patriot and mentor to many. He played a significant part in the winning of the cold war. He will be truly missed by the many whose lives are better for having known him. Ed has asked that his ashes be spread at Point Loma in San Diego, as he loved the view there.

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