Edmund C. Garthe


Edmund C. Garthe, 90, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at Friendship Village in Tempe, where he resided since moving from Payson in 1995.

Born in Dover, N.J., he graduated with honors and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar.

Upon completion of his schooling, Mr. Garthe became a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service, attaining the rank of colonel by the time of his retirement following 20 years of service.

He moved to Phoenix in 1965 to accept a position with the Arizona State Department of Health (now the Department of Health Services) where he became the director of environmental health, the position from which he took his "second retirement" in 1976.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Scott Garthe; daughters, Nancy Garthe Griesser and Karen Garthe Moore; son, Edmund Carlton Garthe; brother, Walter Garthe; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Earhart Garthe.

No service will be held.

Arrangements were handled by Newcomer Family Mortuary of Scottsdale.

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