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Edward F. Kovanic, of Red Bank, passed away peacefully in his home at The Atrium in the early morning of September 19, 2019. A Rumson resident for 40 years, Ed previously resided in Caldwell NJ and Livingston NJ. Ed predeceased by his loving wife, Jane H. Kovanic, whom he has sorely missed since her passing in 2013.

 Born in 1930, Ed spent his youth in Wilmington, Delaware.  After graduating from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1952, Ed served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on the USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) and USS Missouri (BB-63) at the end of the Korean War.  After his naval service, Ed began his career in electrical engineering with Westinghouse.  Ed then went on to earn a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University after which he joined Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J.  While at Bell Labs, Ed studied for a doctoral degree at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn where he also served as a member of the teaching staff.  Following formation of Project Mallard in late 1967 by then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, Ed became Chief, Mission Support Division, Joint Engineering Agency at Fort Monmouth.  There, Ed led efforts for the U.S. Army Communications & Electronics Command to design and implement a Cold-War era strategic communications network connecting the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.  In the early 1970s, Ed was a fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and was the first U.S. Army representative to do so. Ed went on to become Division Chief, Defense Systems Information Agency at Fort Monmouth.

 In his younger days, Ed was an active skier and tennis player.  He could often be found with his wife Jane on the neighborhood courts of Knollwood Tennis Club in Caldwell and the local courts in Rumson.  Ed was an incredibly dedicated and tireless devotee to his children and grandchildren, always taking time to help them with school assignments and hobbies.  He was a fixture at their tennis matches, soccer games, rowing regattas, and swim meets.   

 Ed was a very active and involved member of Holy Cross Church in Rumson, having previously taught religious education classes there with his wife Jane, and in recent years as an avid member of the church choir.  He was also active with the Root Beer and Checker Club in Fair Haven and the Creative Writing Club at The Atrium.

 Ed leaves behind a daughter, Kathryn J. Kannenberg (Andrew) of Minnetonka, Minnesota and a son, Kenneth E. Kovan (Christine) of Wayne, Pennsylvania as well as three grandsons, Dr. Steven A. Kannenberg, Mathew P. Kovan, and Henry E. Kovan.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 A viewing will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 23rd at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on September 24th at Holy Cross Church, Rumson.  Interment will be private at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Holy Cross Parish.

 

 

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