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Edward R. ‘Ed’ Coady, retired data processing director, dies

Edward R. “Ed” Coady was an accomplished tenpins bowler.
Edward R. “Ed” Coady was an accomplished tenpins bowler. (Handout / HANDOUT)

Edward R. “Ed” Coady, a retired data processing director at the Social Security Administration and Korean War veteran, died May 1 at Lighthouse Senior Living in Ellicott City of complications from a hernia. The former Woodlawn resident was 89.

Edward Russell Coady, son of Edward A. Coady, a haberdasher, and his wife, Anita Russell Coady, a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Edmondson Heights.

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He was a 1949 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High school in Irvington and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. After completing training in Wyoming, he was stationed in Okinawa and Japan. He was discharged in 1953 with the rank of airman first class.

Mr. Coady earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960 from what is now Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. He did graduate work at the University of Southern California and the University of Georgia.

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From 1954 until retiring in 1985, he worked for the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, where he rose to become director of data processing. He was an adjunct faculty member at Towson University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County, where he taught computer classes.

Mr. Coady was presented the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award for Extraordinary Service in 1988 by Catonsville Community College.

In 1970, he delivered a technical paper at the World Conference in Computer Education in Amsterdam. He had been vice president of the Baltimore chapter of the Data Processing Management Association and president of the West Baltimore Sportsman Club.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Coady was an accomplished tenpins bowler and represented Charles Lanes in the minor leagues and at tenpins events. He was both a player and manager in various softball leagues, where he was known for a “wind ‘em up slow pitch,” family members said, that earned him the nickname of “Catfoot,” after Catfoot Cody, a star football player from the 1940s

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He was also a shuffleboard champ, an inveterate golfer who was a member of the Dirty Dozen golfers who played at Forest Park. He enjoyed attending sporting events and was a thoroughbred racing fan who could often be found at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.

The former longtime Woodlawn resident, who had lived in Shelbyville, Delaware, for the past 20 years, was an accomplished storyteller who liked regaling family and friends with tales of his many visits to Las Vegas. At weddings, he was known for performing the chicken dance and participating in line dancing.

His wife of 47 years, the former Dorothy Hartman, died in 2005.

Mr. Coady was interred May 7 at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

He is survived by a son, Christopher Coady of Evansville, Indiana; three daughters, Kelly Gary of Woodlawn, Eileen Pummer of Bethesda and Kathleen Stankovic of Tampa, Florida; and five grandchildren.

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