Obituary: Edward A. West



Edward A. West, 67, of Indianapolis, died June 11, 2014, following a nearly two-year battle with cancer. West was a veteran media, communications and public relations professional with extensive experience in building and leading corporate communications organizations for Fortune 500 companies. As chief spokesman for these companies, West was quoted extensively in the majority of major daily newspapers in the United States and in many international news outlets. He was interviewed countless times on national and international television and radio. West spent the bulk of his career at Eli Lilly and Company, which he joined in 1972 as a pharmaceutical sales representative. In 2003, West retired from Lilly and joined WellPoint where served as senior vice president of corporate communications until retiring in 2007. He founded West & Company the same year. A native of Clay City, Ind., he was born Sept. 20, 1946, to Fred West and Evelyn VanHorn West Luther. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Ball State University. Prior to joining Lilly, West taught in public school systems in Merrillville, Marion and Muncie. He was a longtime supporter of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. A museum member since 1998, West was a devoted patron, generous donor and dedicated volunteer. He joined the board of directors in 2006 and was named chairman of the board in 2013. West was a past member of the boards of Indianapolis Downtown, Indy Partnership, Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, the Crossroads of America Council Boy Scouts of America, the Brown County Community Foundation, and The Villages of Indiana. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fly fishing, and he cherished the time he spent with his family at his Wyoming ranch and at his home in the wooded hills of Brown County. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Lewis West; a son, Brian (Carrie) West; a sister, Rhonda (David) Huxford; his stepfather, Melvin “Bing” Luther; and extended family. A celebration of life service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. June 18 at the Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art or Miles for Myeloma. Arrangements were entrusted to Leppert Mortuary- Nora.