Dominic Gardiner Bowling Edelen, 77, oldest son of Ignatius Gardiner Edelen, Sr., and Marybeth Bowling Edelen of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, died peacefully in his sleep the morning of Saturday, June 12, 2010, in Galveston, TX, following a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Erica E. Edelen of Punta Gorda, FL, his three brothers I. Gardiner Edelen, Jr., Richard B. Edelen and Wallace N. Edelen of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, his six children Damien Stone Pendelton Edelen, Marybeth Bowling Edelen-Martel, Mittie-ellen Plummer Haase, Dominique Ashley Nalle Hurley, Clarissa Waring Edelen and John Dominic Bowling Edelen, and his 11 grandchildren, who hail from points across the United States. Dominic is a direct descendent of Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Dr. Dominic Gardiner Bowling Edelen
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home
Born January 3, 1933, Dom retired to Galveston in 1993 following a 25-year appointment as Professor of Applied Mathematics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Following his retirement, he continued his exploration of mathematics and physics as an adjunct Professor at Texas A&M. Prior to his post at Lehigh, Dom was a full professor at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, for three years, from 1966-1969. Before selecting the academic life, Dom worked at The Rand Corporation and Hughes Aircraft Co., both in California, and The Martin Co. in Baltimore, Maryland. He also lectured at the Drexel Institute of Technology and JohnsHopkinsUniversity, his alma mater, in Baltimore. He earned his BS, MS and PhD. degrees from Johns Hopkins.
A brilliant mathematician, engineer and theoretical physicist, Dom has published over 177 books, papers and monographs, with 17 titles housed in the Library of Congress. He lectured throughout the United States, Poland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and South Africa. Over the course of his professional life, Dom’s mind crossed the boundaries of applied mathematics, exterior calculus, field theory, general relativity, geometry, gauge theory, materials science and thermodynamics, and he had a fondness for the old geometers. Dom was forever “scribbling” as he called it, working on his theories and seeing applications way beyond the capability of current technology. And perhaps most curiously, through his research involving the time-space continuum, he proved that theoretically time travel is possible!
Not merely an academician, Dom loved classical music for its beauty, mathematical construction and simplicity. The Bach Cantatas were his favorite, but he also loved Mozart, Pachelbel and Telemann. Not content to listen, he played their beautiful music on the piano and organ, throughout his life and since his retirement on the harpsichord. Most recently, he was teaching himself to play the bassoon. He also loved to garden, though he said the Galveston sand and salt air bedeviled him as he tried to grow his beloved camellias.
Dom could be seen striding energetically on the seawall almost daily, with his wooden staff in hand, and he held forth with his many friends at The Kettle, sometimes up to three times a day, pondering questions great and small in a free-wheeling, open-ended debate to which all comers and ideas were welcome. He used to say he never met a stranger in Galveston because he quickly befriended people from all walks of life and those in Galveston were some of the nicest. An avid bridge player, Dom was delighted to learn upon moving here that he could find a foursome practically seven days a week if he so chose. He tried many different clubs and finally found the perfect fit at the Newcomers Club, with his favorite bridge partner Louise Gooding.
A memorial service will be held 6 pm Thursday, June 17at Carnes Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont St, Galveston, TX, with a reception immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Dom’s memory to: Hospice Care Team, Inc. 1708 Amburn, Suite C Texas City, TX 77591.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.carnesbrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Edelen name.