But Guthman was also outraged to be on it. He said any law-abiding American citizen would resent being targeted for retribution from his government. "I resent it even more so because it was done by people who seem to have had no respect for our Constitution or our laws," he said in 1973. Reich died in June.
L.A. ethics panel
In 1993, Guthman was named to a federal panel reviewing the government's role in the deadly raid in April of that year on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, that claimed the lives of four government agents and about 80 followers of cult leader David Koresh.
The panel concluded that top officials of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal agency that conducted the initial action, had been negligent in overseeing the operation.
From 1991 to 1998 Guthman served on Los Angeles' first Ethics Commission, a watchdog agency formed after a conflict-of-interest investigation of Mayor Tom Bradley.
Guthman was a strong backer of Benjamin Bycel, the controversial founding executive director of the ethics panel who was abruptly fired in 1996 after criticism that he had been too aggressive in his enforcement of anti-corruption rules.
Guthman, who served a term as commission president, also helped draft new laws regulating lobbyists and guided its probes of campaign money laundering in local elections. One of the commission's investigations led to the conviction of a former city councilman.
Bill Boyarsky, a former commission member and former Times political writer and columnist, said Guthman "set a perfect example of what a commissioner should do. . . . Ed believed in the political process. He liked politicians."
"Working with the late City Council President John Ferraro, he worked out rules and regulations that still govern the commission. But even though Ed liked politicians, he did not hesitate to crack down on them when they violated the law."
In late 2007, Guthman was honored by the Los Angeles City Council for his wide-ranging achievements. He also retired from USC last year.
Guthman's wife, JoAnn, died in 1990. He is survived by sons Lester, Edwin H., and Gary; a daughter, Diane; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, 6001 W. Centinela Blvd., Los Angeles. Memorial donations may be made to the Edwin O. and JoAnn Guthman Endowed Scholarship for Investigative Reporting at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, 3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089.