Portrait: Ed Lueders

Camera: Leica M9
Exposure: 1/90
Aperture: f/2
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 800

This gentleman, Dr. Edward Lueders is a remarkable 100 year old human being. Ed plays amazing jazz piano at the University of Utah Hospital, he is a WW2 veteran, an English professor who is the exemplar of a liberal education who wrote about the study of nature, geology, forestry, and theology while looking at those areas with a lens on humanities place within them. One might argue that Ed gave birth to the whole environmental writing movement, but certainly was a grandfather to the whole Western American Literature movement post, WWII.

If you get a chance, do read The Salt Lake Papers. You will not be sorry.

Ed is an inspiration to me on a number of levels, and a reminder of why I study blinding diseases. You see, Ed has age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and has lost his sight. And though he continues to produce and give back while remaining independent, the sense of vision was partially what he wrote indirectly about in his early writings as a means to perceive the world around us. This thing, this sense of vision is precious to me and I hope to be able to make an impact in that field through our science.

Thank you Ed.

P.S. Robert, Ed says “Hello”.

One Reply to “Portrait: Ed Lueders”

  1. My name is Deb Wathor and my grandmother was Erna lueders and her grandfather was August Lueders from frohna mo. You reminded me of my grandmother.

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