Edward Thomas Carden
25 September 1940 - 13 May 2011

Dr. Edward Thomas Carden was born on the 25th of September 1940 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. With his family by his side, he died peacefully at his home in Issaquah, Washington on the 13th of May 2011 after a twenty five month battle with cancer.

Edward graduated from Scranton Preparatory School in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1958, the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1962, and Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1966. He completed a residency in Otolaryngology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1970 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army where he received the Army Commendation Medal in 1972. After his discharge, Dr. Carden opened a medical/surgical practice in Moorestown, New Jersey, and served as clinical professor of Otolaryngology at Jefferson. While in New Jersey, Dr. Carden launched the first Physicians’ Effectiveness (aka. "Impaired Physicians") Program in the United States. The New Jersey program became the model for similar programs in many other states.

He married Ann Hannon of Queens, New York in 1964; they settled in the Philadelphia area. Their children, Edward and Jennifer, were born in 1967 and 1970. In 1984, Dr. Carden accepted a position with a multi-specialty medical practice group affiliated with University Hospital of Cleveland, and his family moved from their longtime home in Moorestown, New Jersey to Gates Mills, Ohio. In 1995, he was awarded a Masters degree in Religious Studies (a subject of lifelong interest to him) from John Carroll University in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

After Edward’s retirement, he and Ann moved to Leesville Lake in the foothills of Ohio’s Allegheny Mountains where they enjoyed boating and were introduced to the fun and friendship of square dancing. In October 2008, they traveled to the West Coast to welcome their first grandchild into the world, and to enjoy an extended visit with their son and daughter who had settled in San Francisco and Seattle respectively. When Edward was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2009, he chose to receive treatment in the Seattle area.

Dr. Carden was revered by his students and respected by his colleagues for his compassionate manner, his diagnostic acumen, and his surgical skill. An avid reader and lifelong learner, his breadth of knowledge was legendary, as was his quick wit and his quirky sense of humor. He retained his membership in the Cleveland Philosophical Club until the end of his life. In October 2010, he presented his final lecture to the club on the subject of death and dying.

Dr. Carden was preceded in death by his parents, Terrence and Jean, his twin sister Ellen Mrha (née Carden), and his niece Andrea Kithianis (née Carden). He is survived by his wife, Dr. Ann Carden, son, Edward Carden, Jr., daughter-in-law, Suzanne Carden (née Kehr), daughter, Jennifer Staiman (née Carden), son-in-law, Jeffrey Staiman, granddaughter, Lauren Staiman, older brother, Dr. Terrence Carden Jr., and numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at the East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, Washington in June, and at the Carden’s Leesville Lake, Ohio home later in the summer.

For dates and details, refer back to the 'Memorial Services' page of this website or contact his family directly at: family@edwardcarden.com.


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