Ed Steigerwald   1930-2018

Ed Steigerwald, PhD, excelled as a student, as an athlete and as an engineer. 

Edward A. Steigerwald ’52, MS ’53, PhD ‘59, a longtime supporter of the Case Alumni Association and one of the outstanding graduates of the Case Institute of Technology, passed away August 29 at the age of 88. 

Ed excelled as a student, as an athlete and as a metallurgy engineer. 

A record-setting student-athlete, Ed starred for the Case Institute of Technology basketball team from 1950-1952. He set single-season and career scoring records for the Rough Riders and earned All-Big Four conference honors in each of his three years on the team. He also served as co-captain of the team his senior year. 

In 1988, Ed was inducted into the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Club Hall of Fame for his basketball achievements. 

Ed was also a leader on campus and excelled in the classroom. He served as class president for three years and completed the master’s degree program in metallurgy in five years. 

He took a break from his education to serve for two years in the U.S. Army following the Korean War. After starting to raise his family, Ed returned to Case to earn his doctorate in metallurgy, which was awarded in 1959. 

Ed worked mostly for TRW in Minerva, Ohio, and rose to become the vice president/general manager of the casting division. 

A lifelong Cleveland resident, he graduated from Benedictine High School before entering Case Institute of Technology. He supported his alma mater throughout his professional career and served on the board of the Case Alumni Association from 1998-2014. 

An outdoorsman, Ed was active in the Cleveland Hiking Club. He logged over 14,000 miles hiking and continued hiking until his 80th birthday. 

He was remembered at a funeral service Sept. 1 at Church of the Gesu in University Heights, Ohio. 

Ed is survived by Barbara, his wife of 65 years, as well as sons Edward and Paul and daughters Susan, Mary and Joan, 14 grandchildren and four great-children. He is also survived by his brother, Albert, and sister Angela.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Benedictine High School, 2900 Martin Luther King Drive, Cleveland, OH 44104.

by Eddie Kerekes