Edward C. Nixon
Ed grew up during the Great Depression in the small Quaker community of Whittier, California. He was
the youngest of the five Nixon brothers. Richard Nixon, 17 years older than Ed, was like a second father
to him, as well as a teacher and mentor.
After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duke and NC State, Ed served our country as a
Naval Aviator, helicopter flight instructor, and Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of
Washington. In 1957, he married Gay Lynne Woods, a teacher in Chemistry and Mathematics.
Ed has spent the last six decades pursuing the responsible use of natural resources around the globe.
During his travels and his visits to the White House, he met several world leaders. He embarked on a
successful career working for and serving as an advisor to a number of cutting-edge companies in the
field of earth science.
In his book, The Nixons: A Family Portrait, by reflecting on heritage, education, extensive world travel,
and the encouragement of his older brother, Ed tells the story of an ordinary family striving to make a
positive difference in the world. He aims to inspire young Americans, as well as young people
everywhere, to reach for new thresholds of greatness.