Edd Kellum Hendee graduated from Second Baptist School in 1994, and left behind a legacy of intense school spirit, heart-felt friendships, and a profound sense of both courage and honor. His sisters, Lisa Hendee Blackard, ’97, and Kristin Hendee ’02, loved following in their big brothers footsteps at SBS. After high school graduation, Edd attended Lawrenceville School and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999. He earned a masters degree in English from George Mason University and then served five years in the U.S. Navy. As a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Denver in Operation Enduring Freedom, he led boarding teams onto foreign vessels in search of al Qaeda operatives.
After Edd’s service in the Navy, he went on to Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA in 2006. He went to work at Starwood Capital Group in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he quickly rose to the position of Vice-President of Acquisitions. During his time at Starwood, Edd led the largest initial public offering at the time, the third-largest real estate investment trust raised in U.S. history, and the largest externally managed blind pool fund ever completed on the New York Stock Exchange. His work at Starwood was focused in New York City, as he managed the development of office buildings, hotels, and restaurants that continue to profit the company today.
Not only a successful businessman, Edd was extraordinary in every aspect of his life, and was most proud of his family. He married his wife Claudine in 2002 and together they had three children, Campbell, (now a student at SBS), Hudson, and Reagan. He considered his family to be the greatest accomplishment of his life.
Edd went home to be with the Lord on February 13, 2010.