Another blow struck the lobbying community July 31, when veteran lobbyist Ed Wren died because of complications from a heart surgery.
He had the surgery about two weeks ago; his condition deteriorated, according to his family. He was 68.
Wren had been lobbying at the capitol for about 25 years, according to a bio posted on the website of the Arizona Chiropractic Society, one of his clients.
His areas of expertise included health care, law enforcement and the hospitality industry.
Wren also represented University Physicians Health in Tucson, and the University Medical Center.
“He’s a wonderful, caring, honest and decent person in a field where those qualities are not always found,” said Alan Immerman, president and executive director of the Arizona Chiropractic Society.
Wren was active in and out of the capitol community.
He came to Phoenix more than three decades ago.
Since then, he had served on various boards, including the Central Arizona Health Systems Agency, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Association of Industries.
He was a founding member of the board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Wren had been working in the public affairs arena before starting his own lobbying firm in 1986.
He served as vice president of public affairs at Southwest Forest Industries. He joined Southwest in 1975 after a two-year stint at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, then the federal government’s largest agency, where he worked as deputy assistant secretary for legislation.
He was also one of four special aides to Donald Rumsfeld, who was counselor to the President in 1970 and 1971.
Prior to joining Rumsfeld, Wren served as legislative assistant to former Florida Republican Congressman Lou Frey, Jr.
Wren was a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and a graduate of Florida State University. He also took graduate courses at Stanford University.
The family plans a viewing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix, and a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Aug. 5 at the Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave., also in Phoenix.
The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
The Capitol community has suffered other recent losses. Longtime policy advisor Ken Rozen and lobbyist Mitch Menlove also passed away last month.