Tragic Loss of Past President Ed Carney

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It is with a heavy heart that I share the news with you that Teratology Society Past President Ed Carney passed away suddenly last night after collapsing while out jogging.

It is hard to express the sadness I feel. Ed was an excellent scientist with a great spirit and was very beloved by all of us who knew him. He was very dedicated to Teratology and he will be missed.

Our thoughts are with Ed’s family and friends during this difficult time. We will post more details as they become available and will be making plans to honor him formally for his contributions to our Society and the field of teratology.

Please join me in extending our condolences to Ed’s family and friends and in sharing your reflections using the Comment function of this Blog. Please log into BDR Connection in order to post a Comment. We will share these messages with his family.

With great sadness,

Mary Alice Smith


An obituary has been posted.

Please note that the Carney family has asked that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Ed contribute to these charities: The Juara Foundation (Alex Carney project for music education in Brazil); Catholic Relief Services; The Grove Music Festival; and the Chippewa Nature Center.




The passing of Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 11:42 AM by Robert M. Parker, PhD, DABT

I will miss Ed's infectious smile and laugh. An excellent scientist but even more important, a truly nice person.

We will all miss his POSITIVE energy

January 13, 2015 11:51 AM by Sandra L. Wood, PhD

Ed was such an incredible scientist and so full of positive energy.  I will forever remember his smile and laughter as he entertained us at the Teratology banquets.  He will be missed dearly from the Teratology community.  However, I hope Ed's family and friends take some comfort in knowning how many lives Ed touched globally in such a positive way. 

Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 12:05 PM by Susan M. Barlow, Ph.D.

What a huge and untimely loss for his family, his colleagues and the wider teratology community. Ed will also be much missed in Europe where he was a frequent attender and contributor to lively discussions at ETS meetings.

Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 12:41 PM by Debra Kirchner, PhD

This is difficult news - my heart aches for his family and friends.  Our community's light has dimmed.  Let us honor Ed by our actions - let us be excited and passionate for our work and kind and collegial in our discussions.  Let us smile at someone today and recall his bright smile. A great leader and a good friend has left us a wonderful legacy to follow.

Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 12:50 PM by Carole A. Kimmel

I am so sad at the news of Ed's passing.  Ed was a great scientist, collaborator, and co-author, and an extremely nice person.  It is sad to lose someone so vital to his family and the scientific community.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 01:13 PM by Lakshmi Sivaraman, PhD

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”  Thoughts and prayers always.  Ed was a fantastic scientist and a great human being.

Ed will be very much missed

January 13, 2015 01:48 PM by James S. Bus, PhD, DABT, ATS

My thoughts and prayers are with Ed's family.  As a long-time colleague of Ed while at Dow, he exemplified what it means to be science leader - outstanding scientist, creative and supporting leader, and most importantly, a humble and always welcoming attitude to all who surrounded and worked with him. 

Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 03:48 PM by Pragati Sawhney Coder, PhD, DABT

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ed's family in this time of grief and untimely loss. He was truely a great scientist, humble and approachable and his brilliant smile will stay with us for a long time. It is a huge loss for the society and for all of us who had the opportunity to know him personally.

Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 03:50 PM by Pam Marone, PhD, ERT, FACN

This is indeed tragic as I have worked with Ed on many occasions. I have greatly benefitted from Ed's expertise, and he will be sorely missed.

Pam Marone
Director, Regulatory Pharmaceutical and Food Safety (formerly of Eurofins/Product Safety Labs)
Toxcel, LLC


Thanks Ed!

January 13, 2015 04:22 PM by Christine Perdan Curran, PhD

The last message I had from Ed was an e-mailed apology for being unable to attend today's Communication Working Group teleconference. "Wish I were more available as I love TS dearly." 

Always caring. Always sharing.

Thoughts and prayers for your family. We'll miss you.

Ed will be deeply missed

January 13, 2015 04:54 PM by Tacey E.K. White, PhD

I share the sentiments of so many in the Teratology Society over the loss of our beloved past president and colleague.  Ed was a fantastic scientist who made so many important contributions to our field.  More importantly, Ed was a genuinely nice person with an infectious smile, a passion for his work, a collaborative spirit, and so much positive energy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.  He was definitely taken from all of us too soon.

Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 05:41 PM by Louise M. Winn, PhD

I'm so saddened by this news. Ed has done so much for the Society and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

We will miss you Ed

January 13, 2015 05:42 PM by Bruce K. Beyer, PhD, DABT

This is very sad news, indeed.  Ed was an outstanding scientist who was passionate about his work and our field.  More importantly, he was an even better human being.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues for comfort and peace in this difficult time.

Ed, we'll miss you

January 13, 2015 07:00 PM by Linda G. Roberts, PhD, DABT

Ed brought an infectious sense of humor to so many meetings and presentations.  He was a great scientist and leader for both TS and RDTSS, and he made it fun to volunteer.  I'm grateful for knowing him.  Ed was one of a kind in the nicest way possible and will be sorely missed. My prayers and warm remembrances to his family and friends. 

Ed Carney

January 13, 2015 08:59 PM by Bhavesh Ahir, PhD

Ed was a great scientist!! Ed you will be missed. I will remember his smile and laughter as he used to entertained us at the Teratology Society Meeting Banquets. I will certainly miss him....

Ed Carney

January 14, 2015 03:03 AM by Isabelle LeConte

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ed's family. His infectious smile and positive energy went through until France.

Ed Carney

January 14, 2015 05:28 AM by Paul C. Barrow, ERT

On behalf of the European Teratology Society, I offer our deepest sincere condolences to Ed’s family. He was well-known and loved by our members, having taught and entertained us on numerous occasions over the years. He was an inspiration to all of us.

Paul Barrow, President of the European Teratology Society.

Ed Carney

January 14, 2015 07:14 AM by Julian French

Unbelievably sad news about Ed's untimely passing. A genuinely nice chap and excellent scientist whose energy and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.

Ed Carney

January 14, 2015 09:21 AM by Ava Schlisser, PhD

I am so sad and sorry to hear this shocking news about the passing of Ed Carney. He was a great mentor; so professional, resourceful, and open-minded. I enjoyed working with him on the website. 

My sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

Ava Schlisser 


Ed Carney

January 14, 2015 06:32 PM by Janine E. Polifka, PhD

I, too, was extremely saddened and shocked to learn about the sudden passing of Ed.  I share similar sentiments that have been expressed about Ed.  Not only was he always smiling but he had such a gentle and congenial disposition.  He was a pleasure to be around and I will miss seeing him at the Teratology Society meetings. 

Not Ed! You will be sorely missed

January 15, 2015 11:35 AM by Lori A. Dostal, PhD, DABT

How can we lose one of the nicest most cherished (and young) leaders and friend?  I really can't believe Ed can be gone. Be sure to tell those who are still living how much you appreciate them. 

Wonderful human being and scientist

January 15, 2015 11:54 AM by John W. Kille, PhD, DABT

I was catching up on a couple days' emails yesterday when I was stunned to see the announcement that Ed Carney had passed away.  I still cannot find the words to express my sadness.  I've known Ed since he first joined the Teratology Society.  As a new young member he noticed my name tag at a meeting and immediatelly told me about his PhD research in embryo development and that he had cited my own early work on preimplantation stages.  We of course often had laughs from then on about him being my research decendent.  Of course, he went on to develop a stellar career the results of which will be referred to by scientists and appreciated by healthier populations for many years.  Ed's great passion for music I believe was very evident in the discipline and creativity and fun he brought to science, and the quality  he expressed in both.  And yet, he always did so with the greatest humility.  He was truly exemplary in every way, and was a friend who will be sorely missed.

January 15, 2015 12:54 PM by Gbenga Afolayan
Ed was a such a wonderful man and mentor. The little time I spent with him in his home last year and him teaching me WEC is an experience I will never forget. He encouraged me and didn't discriminate that I came from a different part of the world together with his welcomed me into their home. His death came as a shock to me. He is greatly missed. May his gentle soul rest in peace........ Afolayan Gbenga (Nigeria)

Ed Carney

January 15, 2015 02:53 PM by William J. Breslin, PhD

Ed was an exceptional individual, as a father, as a friend, and as a scientist. I am honored to have known him and to have shared time with him and his family during his early career at Dow.  Words cannot begin to describe my sense of sorrow and loss with Ed's passing.  My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nancy and sons Phillip, Kevin and Alex.

Will miss you, my dear friend 'Eddie C'

January 15, 2015 03:14 PM by Thomas B. Knudsen, PhD

Last summer I had the privilege of doing a show with Ed (aka 'Eddie C') at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre. Here is a note  from the band on our tragic loss of this great man, and a youtube link for you to enjoy Ed playing 'Touch Me' with Mojo Rising:

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our good friend "Eddie C". We had the honor of playing with him at our last show June, 2014 @ Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh. He brought an added level of excitement to that show with his excellent sax skills, the crowd was psyched and singing so loud, I couldn't even hear myself on stage! Here he is playing on Touch Me.
Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He well be sorely missed. God speed you on your safe, swift journey as you break on through to the other side. Until we meet again my friend. The End."

Ed Carney

January 16, 2015 11:24 AM by Marilyn H. Silva, PhD, DABT

I only knew him through his work and what a loss to the teratology community.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

A great guy

January 16, 2015 11:25 AM by James H. Kim, PhD, DABT

who's talent and professionalism will be missed.


Thank you Ed

January 16, 2015 02:26 PM by Melissa Sherman Tassinari, PhD, DABT

It is hard to express in words the impact Ed had on so many through his work and music.  I will hold fond memories of the work we shared in the Teratology Society.  He carried his positve, can-do message as he led us as President and head cheer leader for the Society's strategic plan.  I will miss his smile, especially when he spoke of his family, his music so generously shared at the annual banquets, and his contributions to our field through his work.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Dr Ed Carney

January 18, 2015 03:58 PM by Rahat Wadhwa Desai, PhD, MPH, BDS
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Carney during the 2013 Teratology meeting. He left a lasting impression on all of us with his enthusiasm, infectious smile and his extremely welcoming demeanor. Those are the fondest memories of the 2013 meeting that we will all cherish forever. This is a tragic loss for all of us, and my condolences to his family in this very difficult hour.

Ed Carney

January 19, 2015 11:35 AM by Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD

Ed was an excellent scientist and an energetic president. He is a real loss to the teratology community and at such a young age. His family will miss him which is the saddest observation and consequence of his departure. May we express our good wishes and blessings to the family at this sad time.

Warm and affectionate regards,
Lillian and Robert Brent (charter member of the Teratology Society)


We will miss you Ed

January 27, 2015 04:25 PM by Susan Bielmeier Laffan, PhD

Our scientific community suffered a great loss with Ed's sudden passing. He was such a kind, humble and smart guy who could bring out the very best in every single one of us. He loved what he did and it showed, his enthusiasm was infectious.  Ed has left an indelible mark on our society and its members, he will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family.

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