Edward C. Nixon, “Richard Nixon, Master Teacher: His Impact on My Life and on the Rest of Us”
Ed Nixon grew up in the small Quaker community of Whittier, California, during the Great Depression. 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 North Carolina 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, who passed away in 2014.
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 cience.
Most recently, Ed founded Nixon World Forum, in response to requests from a group in China to organize panel discussions on topics related to his brother’s legacy in world affairs. The Chinese deeply appreciate President Nixon’s efforts to open the Chinese mainland to contact with the United States.
By reflecting on heritage, education, extensive world travel, and the encouragement of his older brother, President Richard Nixon, 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.