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Edward Joseph Taras ‘53

Edward Joseph Taras passed away peacefully in New Jersey on December 19, 2017, after a brief illness. Ed, born in 1929 in New Jersey, became a proud US Marine and fought in World War II. Under the GI Bill, he graduated from Antioch College and then earned his Master of Art in Teaching at Wesleyan University.

In 1955, Ed began his 37 year career in the Birmingham Public Schools in Michigan. He was a beloved history teacher at both Seaholm and Groves High School and was named Teacher of the Year in 1973. His response to "what do you teach" was always "I teach kids".

After retirement, Ed split his time between Yellow Springs, OH and NJ, and later moved to Ann Arbor. A voracious reader, Ed was a lifelong student of history and of national/world events.

Ed is survived by his significant other, Ellen Ransey; sons, Marc, Jeff (Stephanie Kadel), and Andrew (Bethany) Taras; grandchildren, Donovan, Evan, Issabella, Molly, and Aidan Taras; sisters, Julie Dziedzic, Sandra Kozdeba, and Bernice (Bob) Bizub.

A memorial was December 29, 2017, at the Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104.Contributions may be made to Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, Ohio ( ) or The Planetary Society ( ).