Edward E. Hazen Jr.

Edward E. Hazen Jr. PhD
July 3, 1929 – December 5, 2017

Edward E. Hazen Jr. PhD (Ted), died peacefully and gracefully at the inpatient facility of Brazos Valley Hospice on December 5, 2017, in Bryan, TX, at the age of 88. A celebration of Ted’s life is scheduled for Monday, December 11, at 10am at the Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 Rio Grande Blvd, College Station, TX, 77845. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

Ted was born on July 3, 1929, in Springfield, MA to Helen Blyth Hazen and Edward E. Hazen Sr. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1951 with a degree in Chemistry, and shortly afterwards joined the U. S. Marines, serving as a radio operator in the Korean War from 1951 to 1954. When Sergeant Hazen returned from combat, he entered a Masters program at the University of New Hampshire where he met his future wife Anne. They married in 1959 in Hancock, NH. They had their first child while he finished his PhD in Biochemistry at Harvard University. He completed postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he later joined the faculty.

The family moved to College Station, TX in 1972, when Ted began work in the Chemistry Department at Texas A&M University teaching both undergraduate and graduate students and conducting research identifying and describing the structure of proteins. Upon retiring he was awarded Professor Emeritus.

Ted was a generous individual who found joy in giving back to his community. He was first his daughter’s softball coach and then a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir and served on a variety of committees. After retirement, he participated on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at Texas A&M University. In 2006 he received the Good Neighbor Award from Brazos Beautiful for trash pickup in the Wood Creek and Foxfire subdivisions. And for over thirty years – well into his 80’s – he was a dedicated volunteer at Brazos Church Pantry. Ted’s children remember him for his quiet kindness and enduring support. He inspired a love of gardening, nature, walking, cats, dogs, environmental and civic awareness in all of them.

Ted is survived by his wife, Anne Hazen, his children and their families, David and Starla Hazen and their sons, Bradley and Andrew, of Acton, MA; Blyth Hazen and Jennifer Hall of Beverly MA; Ted and Elaine Hazen and their sons, Tyler and Jacob, of Austin TX; and brother Robert Hazen and his wife Jean of South Hadley, MA, as well as three nephews and two nieces. Ted is also survived by goddaughter Beth Donovan Brown and close friends Angie, John, Maddie and Sam Byrd. His beloved little dog Melody enjoys her new home with Tyler and Jacob in Austin, TX.

In lieu of flowers, Ted’s favorite charities were Brazos Valley Hospice at 502 W 26th St, Bryan, TX 77803, Brazos Church Pantry at 304 W 26th St, #A, Bryan, TX 77803, and Peace Lutheran Church 2201 Rio Grande Blvd, College Station, TX 77845.

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  1. Ted was a blessing to our community and church family at Peace Lutheran. His leadership & kindness will be missed. May knowing he is at peace with our Lord bring your comfort and joy during this time.

    Ann – My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Yours in Christ,
    Tammy Way

  2. Dear Anne,
    So sorry to read obit for Ted.
    You are blessed with special memories of a lifetime. I know the Lord will give you peace and strength in this time of sorrow.
    Myrna Hughes

  3. Ted has been an inspiration to me ever since I first met him at the Brazos Church Pantry. He served others with a humble and gentle heart, and worked hard for the ministry. He was diligent and focused and never lost sight of serving the clients who came in. He especially had time always for each one of us who served alongside him. The Brazos Church Pantry was better because of him. And I miss him.

  4. 40 years ago when I met Ted Hazen in the chemistry department, he was a patient, kind, generous person, even self-effacting. Yet he was one of the earliest scientists to study protein structure with xrays, and he was a mentor to Jane Richardson, one of the earliest recipients of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award. He truly had both a creative mind and a good heart.

  5. Dear Anne and all your family, my sincere condolences for the passing of Ted. Anne, you and Ted were such wonderful neighbors and friends to my mother, Dorothy Holland and we both loved you and Ted. God bless you. Cheri Holland Bridges

  6. To Blyth, and her family– my heartfelt condolences for your loss. You Dad had a quiet kindness that will be missed. Know that my love is with you during this difficult time.


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