In Remembrance: GDA Champion Ed Elliot

Guide Dogs of America graduate, board member, and staunch supporter Ed Elliot passed away December 12, 2015.

Ed received his third guide dog from our school, Whittier, a female black Labrador Retriever in 2008 via in-home training. In addition to being a graduate, Ed was a member of GDA’s board of directors for more than 15 years and was a wonderful representative for GDA. Together with Martha, his wife of nearly 60 years, Ed did speaking engagements and attended many fundraisers to benefit our programs.

Ed was a retired Professor of Music. He attended the California Institute of the Arts Los Angeles Conservatory and held several degrees in music.

His guide dog Whittier was retired in 2010 and went to live with Bruce and Ann Creager, longtime friends of Ed and Martha, and fellow GDA supporters. Over the years, Bruce was Ed’s means of transportation to and from our school.

During a visit to GDA last March, Ed presented his GDA memorabilia to Guide Dogs of America Admissions and Graduate Services Manager Patty Elizondo. “He wanted to make sure that everyone here knew what a great job they were all doing, and how grateful he was for our service and his wonderful dogs,” said Patty. “He remembered and spoke about every one of his dogs, his trainers, and staff members past and present.”

GDA’s staff and board of directors will remember Ed with fondness and respect for his friendship and his dedication to our school’s mission.

Ed and ClassyEd and ErinEd and Whittier

Ed is pictured here, from left, with his GDA guide dogs Classy, Erin, and Whittier.

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