Edwin B. Champagne

Nov. 20, 2017

Edwin B. Champagne (BS ELEC EGR '56), Granger, Indiana, formerly of Kettering, Ohio, died Nov. 13, 2017, at the Hearth at Juday Creek assisted living facility in Granger.

He was born June 7, 1935, in a farmhouse in Barton City, Michigan, to Bernard and Marie (VonFintel) Champagne.

He graduated from Harrisville High School in Michigan in 1952 and enrolled at Michigan State University on a ROTC scholarship to study agriculture. He changed his major at MSU and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1956.

Upon graduation, he accepted a job with the Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles. While working at Hughes, he completed his master's in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California in 1958. After that he was inducted into the U.S. Air Force and served his military requirement in Dayton, Ohio, at Wright Patterson AFB. He immediately began work on his PhD in electrical engineering and graduated from Ohio State University in 1967. His dissertation was on holographic imaging, and he became one of the leading pioneers in this new field of study.

His career started in the Aeronautical Systems Division of the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB, where he first worked as an officer in the Air Force and upon his honorable discharge, as a civilian. After a six-year break in private industry and working for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he returned to Wright Patterson AFB in 1973. He took on ever more challenging and demanding roles and finally retired as the civilian equivalent of a general in the Air Force in November 1995. At that time he was chief scientist of the Solid State Electronics lab.

He received several patents during his career and worked on many advanced and classified systems for the defense of the country.

Graveside services are at the Dayton National Cemetery. Read more on the life of Edwin B. Champagne.

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