A life well lived

Edward Thomas Carden, M.D., ’95G, was born Sept. 25 1940 in Scranton, Pa. With his family at his side, he died peacefully at his home in Issaquah, Wash., May 13, 2011 after a 25-month battle with cancer.

Carden graduated from Scranton Preparatory School in 1958, the University of Scranton in 1962, and Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia in 1966. He completed a residency in otolaryngology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1970 and served in the U.S. Army where he received the Army Commendation Medal in 1972. After his discharge, Carden opened a medical/surgical practice in Moorestown, N.J., and served as clinical professor of otolaryngology at Jefferson.


Carden married Ann Hannon of Queens, N.Y., in 1964, and they settled in the Philadelphia area. Their children, Edward and Jennifer, were born in 1967 and 1970. In 1984, Carden accepted a position with a multispecialty medical practice group affiliated with University Hospitals of Cleveland, so his family moved from their longtime home in Moorestown to Gates Mills, Ohio. In 1995, he was awarded a master’s degree in religious studies (a subject of lifelong interest to him) from John Carroll University.

After retirement, Carden and his wife 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 enjoy an extended visit with their son and daughter who had settled in San Francisco and Seattle, respectively. When Carden was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2009, he chose to receive treatment in the Seattle area.

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, which was about death and dying, to the club.

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

Memorial services were held at the East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, Wash., in June, and at the Carden’s Leesville Lake home later in the summer. For dates and details, refer to the memorial services page at edwardcarden.com or contact his family directly at family@edwardcarden.com.

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