In Memoriam: Edwin L. Stohlman, III

In Memoriam: Edwin L. Stohlman, III

It is with sadness that we notify WANADA members and our Bulletin readership of the passing of former Washington area dealer Edwin L. Stohlman, III, a third generation operator in the longstanding family dealer organization, Stohlman Automotive. He died while swimming last week. He was 67 years old.

A former member of the WANADA Board of Directors and past chairman of the Washington Auto Show, Ed followed his grandfather and namesake, Ed Stohlman, and father, Ed, Jr., into Stohlman Automotive, which began with Chevrolet in Georgetown, DC, before relocating to Alexandria with Oldsmobile and later expanding to Nissan, Saab and Mitsubishi in other Northern Virginia locations. His brother, Jim, came into the business subsequently. Ed was with Stohlman Automotive about 20 years, and later worked with NADA 20 Groups in the 1990s. As a member of the Auto Show Committee before taking over as chairman in 1991, Ed was instrumental in reestablishing the Auto Show in Washington when it re-emerged in the 1980s, after a ten year hiatus, as an annual consumer and major industry event. It was with Edês leadership, too, that the Washington Auto Show made its mark with memorable charity evenings on Washingtonês social circuit featuring world class entertainers.

A native Washingtonian, Ed graduated from St. Johnês College High School in DC, where he served in the alumni leadership, later going on to Villanova University, where he earned a bachelorês degree in business. He and his wife of 45 years, Kathleen, had three children and four grandchildren.

Funeral services are set for St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 101 Oakcrest Manor Drive, Leesburg, Va., this Saturday, July 1, 2017, with Mass at 1 pm, preceded by visitation time with the family in the church hall commencing around 12:15. The phone # for the church is (703) 777-1317. Arrangements are being handled through Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg, (703) 777-1414, In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Edês memory to the Autism Society of Northern Virginia ( or Ride-On Ranch Equine Assisted Therapies (

To Edês wife, Kathleen, his brother, Jim, and sisters, Jan and Joyce, WANADA extends its sincerest sympathy.

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