of the Waite Group
Dads House? I think because all of the friends
of my two sons refer to me as Dad when they come
by the home shared by me and my wife Pamela. My name is Edson
Blair Waite Jr. (1943). My sons are Edson Blair
Waite III (1964)
(1969). I was born in DuBois , Pennsylvania on the western slopes
of the Allegheny Mountains. My wife Pam (1945) was born in Christchurch,
New Zealand. We met in 1963 and were married in 1964.
My father (Edson Blair Waite 1895-1975) drove a gasoline delivery
truck for the Atlantic Refining Co. and retired in 1961 after
38 years with the company. My mother (Mary Lavina Holt 1904-1968)
was a homemaker and did some outside house cleaning and took
in laundry to help make ends meet. I was the last of 8 children
that included 5 girls and 3 boys. My brothers were 10 and 20
years old when I was born. All of the sisters were in between..
My oldest brother Harold Raymond Waite (1924) was in the Army
and was on duty in the South Pacific, fighting the Japanese,
during World War II at the time I was born, he did not return
home until 1946.
I graduated from DuBois High School in May 1961 and went on active duty with
the U.S. Navy on December 7, 1961. Exactly 20 years after the
attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. I had enlisted in the
U.S. Naval Reserve while still in my senior year of high school
(2 November 1960).
My first duty station in the Navy was aboard the USS Independence CVA 62.
I was assigned to the Photo Lab and soon became a photo mate
3rd class. During my tour on the Independence, I was able to
make a Med Tour for six months and then shortly after return
to CONUS, the ship and I were to take part in the Naval Blockade
of Cuba. This occurred in October-December of 1962. I was aboard
ship off the coast of Cuba when, on October 22, 1962 (my nineteenth
birthday), President John F. Kennedy made his speech that all
ships headed to Cuba would be stopped and searched.. What a birthday
My next duty assignment was a volunteer group going to the Antarctic.
This unit was called AirDevRon Six (VX-6) While with this unit
I traveled to New Zealand and the Antarctic continent. It was
with this unit and while stationed in New Zealand, that I met
my lovely wife, Pam. Also while on duty in New Zealand/Antarctica,
President Kennedy was assassinated. I attended a Memorial Service
in Christ Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand.
My final Navy duty station was the Naval Air Station, Norfolk,
Va. My duty there was as a PH2 (Photo Mate 2nd Class). I was
discharged from the Navy on Dec. 5, 1965.
Upon leaving the Navy, I worked several small jobs while awaiting
a position as an aerial photographer with Data Corporation, in
Dayton, Ohio.. I began work there in the spring of 1966. I worked
there for six years during which time the company was bought
out buy Mead Paper Corp. Part of the work we did was aerial photography
research for the USAF. We worked closely with personnel at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base, Dayton, Oh. All the years at Data Corp. were
the years of the Vietnam War and there was a great deal of research
being done, so we were very busy.
In 1972, I left Data Corp. to take employment with Eastman
as a Field Service Engineer. I have since retired with over twenty-eight
years, and continue to live in Dayton, Oh.