Mother of US Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon dies at 91

June 20, 2011 - 6:14 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Edith R. Wyden, the mother of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, has died at age 91.

The senator said his mother died Sunday at a retirement community in Palo Alto, Calif.

Edith Wyden was born in Koenigsberg, Germany, to George and Else Rosenow. The Jewish family fled Nazi Germany in 1936, first going to Iraq and then emigrating to the United States in 1939.

In 1947, she married Peter Wyden, whose family also fled Nazi Germany. They divorced in 1959. Peter Wyden, an author and journalist, died in 1998.

Edith Wyden had degrees from the University of Rochester and Yale. She had a long career as an industrial economist, researcher and reference librarian.

She is survived by her son, Sen. Wyden, daughter-in-law Nancy Bass Wyden, and four grandchildren.