George E. Truitt

George E. Truitt 091819 onlineOctober 2, 1934 - August 30, 2019 Sadly, Ed passed away August 30, 2019, after a nearly three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Ed was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and with his family, moved to the bay area when his dad took a navy post during World War II. Following the move, the family remained in the area, and his dad founded Truitt and White Lumber Company in Berkeley. Ed attended Piedmont High School, followed by Stanford University where he majored in chemical engineering and took part in the Naval ROTC program. He married Sally Thompson in 1957, and they traveled to San Diego, where Ed fulfilled his navy commitment aboard a navy picket destroyer in the Pacific. He then returned to Stanford to earn an MBA degree. Ed worked for thirty years for Hewlett Packard Company, followed briefly by founding a consulting firm. He then worked for National Semi-Conductor Company for a few years. While with HP, Ed served in many roles, including division manager.

Some of his time was spent in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where he served as president of the local Chamber of Commerce. Returning to the bay area, Ed and Sally returned to Los Altos, where they rejoined Foothills Congregational Church. Ed served many roles there and also served as president of the University Club of Palo Alto. He volunteered at Child Advocates as well as a number of community organizations. Ed loved the out-of-doors. He enjoyed playing tennis and loved hiking, photography, skiing, scuba diving and travel, visiting a number of countries. Along with his family, he made many visits to Hawaii. Ed is survived by is wife of 62 years, Sally, and by children Kenneth (wife Regina) of Short Hills, New Jersey, Lisa (husband Douglas Jehl), and Kristen (husband George Galt), both of Bethesda, Maryland, and five grandchildren: Julia, Nicole, Trevor, Bailey and Ian. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 5, at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to support pancreatic cancer research at Stanford Medicine ( or Stanford University Development; PO Box 20466; Stanford, CA 94309-0466) with a note stating "in memory of Ed Truitt for GI cancer research under Dr. Fisher, fund GHAIW".

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