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Elliot Avedon
Male 1930 - 2016

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  • Birth  28 Apr 1930  New York City, New York, USA. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-83118 
    Died  21 Nov 2016 
    Cause: lung and heart disease 
    Person ID  I83118  Generations
    Last Modified  24 May 2018 

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    • Passion for games Elliott Avedon's cultural legacy

      Waterloo Region Record
      By Valerie Hill
      Born: April 28, 1930 in New York City

      Died: Nov. 21, 2016 of lung and heart disease

      Elliott Avedon was a game player, in the most positive sense of the phrase.

      As a University of Waterloo professor, Elliott had a fascination with games and their role in human history, a passion that evolved in profound and unexpected ways.

      Elliott had been teaching at New York's Columbia University Teachers College, using games as a teaching tool. When he moved to the University of Waterloo in 1971 so did his collection.

      His daughter Madeline Avedon said their family vacations often involved trips to purchase games; but for her father, it was never a simple exchange. He wanted to know about the person and his or her cultural history. He wanted to understand the historical context.

      Elliott once told a reporter: "One thing that really stands out is that nothing really changes, except technology."....

      "He was ahead of his time," she said. "He was recognized as an international authority on games."

      She also said that it's unusual to receive such a well documented collection.

      "He kept really good records," she said. "It was a very sophisticated museum.".....

      Elliott was born in New York an only child. After moving to Richmond, Va. in 1944, his parents Paul Cohen and Dorothy Avedon (he chose to use his mother's name) opened a grocery store.

      As a young man, Elliott completed several degrees, including a doctorate in education from Columbia University, where he met Lisa Freund.

      Freund was born in Germany, the daughter of a Jewish businessman who was caught by the Nazi's smuggling money out of the country. The entire family, including four-year-old Lisa, was arrested. Her father later died from suicide and the family fled Germany aboard the MS St. Louis, on a trip later dubbed "Voyage of the Damned." Most of the more than 900 passengers were Jewish refugees and at each port they were denied entry. Lisa, her family and a few others were accepted by Britain.

      Lisa and Elliott married in 1960 and as parents, their style would prove unconventional....

      Separated from Lisa in 1984, Elliott retired in 1999, then moved to Sarasota. A year later he met Jesse Nelson, a Vietnam War vet, a man who shared a keen intellect and love of culture, particularly opera. Nelson died in May 2014.....

      Passion for games Elliott Avedon's cultural legacy. (2017). Therecord.com. Retrieved 2 January 2017, from http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/7045454-passion-for-games-elliott-avedon-s-cultural-legacy/#.WGpWbnxm7LA.facebook