Obituary: Dr. Edwin Whitfield

Edwin Whitfield

Edwin (Ed) Whitfield, 83, of Overland Park, died Thursday, June 3, 2021, at KC Hospice House.

Ed was born to Edwin Allen and Mathilda (Richard) Whitfield on Nov. 10, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa. Throughout his life, he returned to Dubuque, a place he loved, to enjoy the city, the Mississippi River and the family he treasured.

Ed graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Loras College, an M.Ed. from Ohio University at Athens and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

He began his long and beloved career in guidance and counseling with the San Diego Department of Education. His passion for research, writing and editing resulted in his being sought to consult and lead in his chosen field on the state and national level. His publications and leadership positions were numerous, and included founder and first editor of the California Personnel and Guidance Journal.

In 1984, his career took him to Columbus, Ohio, where he served education as an associate director with the State of Ohio Department of Education. He was elected president of the National Career Development Association, served on the Ohio University Alumni Association and was president of the Ohio Career Development Association. Even after his retirement, he volunteered to serve and lead publications in his chosen academic field.

While reading, learning and writing were his passions, Ed still found time to enjoy gardening, golfing, fishing and sharing his quiet wit and dry humor with friends and family. He was a gentle and generous man.

Ed was preceded in death by his five siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie (Metzger), who grew up in Oneida; children, Shauna (David) Grayson, Hallie (Travis) Palomares and Eric Whitfield; three grandchildren; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Willa (Metzger) and Jim Steiner. His many nieces and nephews were dear to him, and their attention and remembrances brought him great joy and comfort during his long illness.

A private memorial will be held at a future date in Dubuque, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Ed’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (, or to the Patton College of Education Scholarship Endowment, Ohio University, P.O. Box 869, Athens, OH 45701.

The Sabetha Herald 6/9/2021


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