Ed died Feb. 14, 2007, at the age of 81.
He prepared for Princeton at Science Hill High School in Rural Retreat, Va., and after serving as a chaplain’s assistant in the Navy during World War II. After graduation he attended Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 1951. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia (S.C.) Theological Seminary in 1958.
After ordination Ed served as pastor in churches in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri. In 1979 he founded Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Fla., and served as senior pastor until his retirement in 1994. He was a professionally trained singer and a gifted poet and writer, appreciated for his intellect and sense of humor.
Ed is survived by his wife, Louise; daughters Joy Yoder and Nan; son Charles; and five grandchildren. The class joins them in their sense of loss for this fine Christian gentleman.