Edward Jules Stern, 72, died peacefully on April 2, 2019 surrounded by his loving sons, Robert and Ward, and beloved wife of 50 years, Anne. Ed is the husband of Annie Ward Stern, father of Robert Ward Stern and Ward Preston Stern, grandfather of Gabriel and Rose Stern and father-in-law to Katie Mason and Liz Stern. A native New Yorker, he is the son of Sadie and Jack Stern, brother of Jeffrey Stern, and uncle of Jerry and Lisa Stern, and Rachel Stern Wolff. He graduated from the University of Virginia (BA) and Indiana University (MA). He was co-founder of Indiana Repertory Theatre, taught at several universities and was Producing Artistic Director of Playhouse in the Park for 20 years. Donations in his memory may be made to the Edward J. Stern Endowment for Artistic Excellence at Playhouse in the Park or to the University of Virginia Theatre Department.