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Tennyson Dies; Rail Leader

Edson L. Tennyson, 92, a longtime rail advocate and former PennDOT deputy secretary, died July 14.

Tennyson began his career at Pittsburgh Railways, went to Milwaukee Rapid Transit, and became city transit commissioner in Youngstown, OH, in 1951 before going to Philadelphia as deputy commissioner of transportation in 1956. He served as PennDOT deputy secretary from 1972-79.

In 1983, he was appointed public works planning coordinator for Arlington County, VA, to complete the Metrorail Orange Line. After his retirement in 1992, he served on the Fairfax County (VA) Transportation Advisory Commission and was an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council.

“Ed Tennyson was one of the finest people I have ever known,” said William Millar, retired APTA president. “Having had the privilege of working for him early in my career, I learned from his keen intellect, unrivaled analytic ability, and passion for public transportation. Millions of riders benefit from the projects Ed championed and the professionals he inspired.”
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