In Memory

Don Edwards

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09/23/09 01:24 PM #1    

Joe White (1958)

Mr. Edwards was a great teacher. I took Biology from him first, and later, Physiology and Anatomy. He made both subjects interesting, but my best lessons from him were in history--his personal tales of duty as a carrier-based US Navy fighter pilot. He was easy to sidetrack; a single question about his battle experiences often cancelled his planned lecture while he launched into a spellbinding version of a WW II engagement in the Pacific. How he and the Navy scrunched his six-foot five-inch frame into a fighter, he never explained.

I went out for football--a five-foot two-inch, 110 pound sophomore--and he nicknamed me "Thumper." I asked why. "You don't have the impact of a two-hundred pounder," he chuckled, "but you wear 'em down. You just keep thumping away."

How fortunate we are to have had such men in our midst, first preserving and protecting our nation, our freedom, and then teaching us to appreciate both.

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