Edward Paul “Ed” Von der Porten

Edward Paul “Ed” Von der Porten

Forest Hills, Queens County, New York, USA
Death 9 Apr 2018 (aged 84)
Daly City, San Mateo County, California, USA
Burial Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA
Memorial ID 190279175 View Source
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Born at Parkway Hospital, Boro M, New York, NY. (Now part of Forest Hills, Queens County, NY), Ed always reported that he was born in New York City.

Graduated from The Windor School, P. S. 154, Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, January 30, 1947. Edward was noted as graduating with Honors and Perfect Attendance. He wrote and delivered the "Farewell" at the Graduation Exercises.

In 1948, attended Camp Hawthorne in Raymond, Maine the weeks of August 8 and 15.

Graduated from Stuyvesant High, moved to San Francisco, CA.

Earned BA and MA from San Francisco State University.

Married Saryl Corrick in June 1954. Sons were born in 1956 and 1957.

A noted historian, teacher, archaeologist. Obituaries are available from The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA) and The Chronicle (San Francisco, CA) and other sources.

His Santa Rosa High School history classes were noted for the cases of exhibits which changed weekly based on the course material. His introduction to the rise of the Nazi party included a large flag, music and instructions to "sit down and prepare to take notes" on the board: the discussion started with, "why did you do that, different from every other class day?"

Director of the Treasure Island Museum in the 1980s and 1990s.

Developer of exhibits including the main museum exhibits on the SS Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship and an exhibit on the history of model aircraft at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

Long-time President of the Drake Navigators Guild. Led efforts and gave presentations leading to the establishment of the Drakes Bay National Historic and Archeological District National Historic Landmark (2012).

Leader of expeditions to study the San Juanillo, the Manila Galleon wreck of 1578, off Baja California, Mexico.

Author of more than 90 significant publications. His book, "Ghost Galleon," was published in 2019. "Discovering Francis Drake's California Harbor" written with Raymond Aker remains a go-to publication for researchers on Drake's 1579 landing.

Noted ship model builder.

Collector (with Saryl) of more than 2,000 Home Front items which form a key part of the collections at the Rosie the Riveter National Memorial.

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