In memory of
Edward Von der Porten
In memory of
Edward Von der Porten
Edward P. Von der Porten October 29, 1933 - April 9, 2018 Edward Von der Porten, 84, Bay Area educator, maritime historian, and archaeologist. Ed was raised in New York, then attended San Francisco State University (BA & MA). He married Saryl Corrick in 1954. They had two sons: Michael and Eric. His teaching career in Santa Rosa led to developing text books on report and term paper writing and historical source materials. When bulldozers were destroying Native American sites in the future Point Reyes National Seashore, he developed the archaeology program at SRJC. Joining the Drake Navigators Guild (DNG) and working with Chinese porcelain fragments found at Point Reyes, Ed and Clarence Shangraw (Asian Art Museum) determined that both Drake (1579) and Cermeño (1595) cargoes were present. Ed became an expert on early trade porcelains and DNG president. Starting in 1996, Ed and the DNG led the work to have the Drakes Bay National Historic and Archeological District National Historic Landmark established in 2012. For many summers, Ed and Saryl traveled Europe in a VW camper working on projects including the Mary Rose. This led to an article in National Geographic: The Hanseatic League. Ed and Saryl served as shopkeepers when the S. S. Jeremiah O'Brien returned to Europe in 1994. Twenty years ago, Ed and Saryl learned of porcelain fragments found on a remote beach in Baja California, Mexico. That led to the lost wreck site of a sixteenth-century Manila galleon. Working with Mexican authorities, experts and volunteers, Ed built fieldwork teams each year. His legacy includes 90+ publications & museum exhibits & ship models. Survived by his brother, Ronald (Marsha), son Michael (Elaine), daughter-in-law Cathy, grandchildren Steven (Stephanie), Kevin, Peter and Laura and great-granddaughter Sophia. Information is at www.winepi.com/EdVdP.html . Friends and colleagues are invited to a celebration on Saturday, July 28, 2018: please visit the website.
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In memory of
Edward Von der Porten
Edward P. Von der Porten October 29, 1933 - April 9, 2018 Edward Von der Porten, 84, Bay Area educator, maritime historian, and archaeologist. Ed was raised in New York, then attended San Francisco State University (BA & MA). He married Saryl Corrick in 1954. They had two sons: Michael and Eric. His teaching career in Santa Rosa led to developing text books on report and term paper writing and historical source materials. When bulldozers were destroying Native American sites in the future Point Reyes National Seashore, he developed the archaeology program at SRJC. Joining the Drake Navigators Guild (DNG) and working with Chinese porcelain fragments found at Point Reyes, Ed and Clarence Shangraw (Asian Art Museum) determined that both Drake (1579) and Cermeño (1595) cargoes were present. Ed became an expert on early trade porcelains and DNG president. Starting in 1996, Ed and the DNG led the work to have the Drakes Bay National Historic and Archeological District National Historic Landmark established in 2012. For many summers, Ed and Saryl traveled Europe in a VW camper working on projects including the Mary Rose. This led to an article in National Geographic: The Hanseatic League. Ed and Saryl served as shopkeepers when the S. S. Jeremiah O'Brien returned to Europe in 1994. Twenty years ago, Ed and Saryl learned of porcelain fragments found on a remote beach in Baja California, Mexico. That led to the lost wreck site of a sixteenth-century Manila galleon. Working with Mexican authorities, experts and volunteers, Ed built fieldwork teams each year. His legacy includes 90+ publications & museum exhibits & ship models. Survived by his brother, Ronald (Marsha), son Michael (Elaine), daughter-in-law Cathy, grandchildren Steven (Stephanie), Kevin, Peter and Laura and great-granddaughter Sophia. Information is at www.winepi.com/EdVdP.html . Friends and colleagues are invited to a celebration on Saturday, July 28, 2018: please visit the website.
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