Edward L. Frost Sr., 80, engineer

October 09, 2005

Edward Lawrence Frost Sr., a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. engineer and auto restorer, died of Parkinson's disease Sept. 29 at a Chapel Hill, N.C., retirement community. The former Pasadena resident was 80.

Mr. Frost was born in Queens and raised in Bellerose, N.Y. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943 and served as a military policeman at U.S. bases. After the war, he attended Swarthmore College and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1948. He earned his master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Frost worked as a test engineer for Bendix Corp. in York, Pa., for 15 years before moving to Pasadena when he joined Westinghouse in 1969. He was an advisory engineer at the company's Linthicum facility and retired in 1991.

Mr. Frost enjoyed restoring vintage English sports cars, and with his twin sons successfully refurbished an Austin Healy Sprite and Triumph Spitfire.

In 1995, Mr. Frost and his wife, the former Lois Ledwith, moved to the Chapel Woods retirement community in Chapel Hill, where they established a Parkinson's disease support group.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, survivors include two sons, William Frost of New Freedom, Pa., and Edward L. Frost Jr. of New York City; a daughter, Virginia Kalisker of Lansdale, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

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