Edward Graham Kaelber


Edward Graham Kaelber of Charlottesville, Va., died peacefully at the Colonnades Senior Living Center on Thursday, May 17, 2018. He was 94 years old.

Ed was born on May 11, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pa., to his parents, Edna and Julius Kaelber. He was a World War II Army veteran, and attended Harvard College before and after the war. After attending the Harvard Business School in 1949, he moved to Watertown, N.Y., to form a successful lumber business, where he stayed until 1957. At that point, Ed turned his life toward education and began his work as an associate dean at the Harvard School of Graduate Education from 1957-1968. Prior to leaving Harvard, he spent two years in Nigeria with his family working with USAID to promote rural secondary school education.

In 1970, Ed moved to Mount Desert Island, where he found his true and lasting home. He founded and was president of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and remained there until 1983. COA continues to flourish under its unique and original mission of studying human ecology on many varying levels.

Ed then turned to the larger Maine community, where he founded and was president of the Maine Community Foundation from 1983-1988. Upon retirement, he continued to be very active and involved in the many aspects of the Mount Desert Island that he loved.

In May 2017, Ed moved to Charlottesville, Va., to be with his family. He will be remembered by many for his humility, insight, appreciation of others and his ability to jump right in and get things done. Also he was known for poetry recitation, preparing gourmet dinners for friends, and seeing the humor in almost everything. He will be missed by many.

Ed is survived by his first wife, Patricia Kaelber; his daughter, Christie Lee of Charlottesville, Va.; his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and John Worth of Earlysville, Va.; his stepdaughter and stepson, Leslie and Sam Cauldwell; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Sewall, and his son, Mark Kaelber.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Friends may send condolences to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

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