John W. Eden ’47

John William Eden of Washington, D.C., Lake Wales, Florida and Edgartown, Massachusetts passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the age of 84 from Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio to Charlton Granville Eden and Helen McKlintock Eden, he is survived by his loving and caring wife Caroline Ballou Eden, John Jefferson Eden, Timothy Starr Eden, Emily Eden Trotman; and four grandchildren, John Chesney Eden, Timothy Charles Eden, Alexandra Starr Trotman and Julia Ballou Trotman. His third son, Carter Remington Eden went to be with the Lord in 1995.

A former Assistant Sectary of Commerce during the Ford Administration, John Eden joined Russell Reynolds in Washington, DC, where he developed a reputation for identifying quality individuals to lead numerous companies and organizations. He was twice a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 19th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

John served in the United States Navy and attended the Maine Maritime Academy. John Eden graduated from Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 from Yale University. He served on the Board of Directors of B.A. Ballou & Company in East Providence, Rhode Island. An avid golfer, he was a President of the U.S. Seniors Golf Association and was an advisor to the LPGA. He also served as President of the Mountain Lake Corporation in Lake Wales, Florida and was a member of the Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland.