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Maitland Armstrong Edey ’32

Published in July 8, 1992, issue

OUR CLAS SECRETARY for the past 15 years, Mait died of a sudden brain hemorrhage on May 9, 1992, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. thus ending an outstanding career as a writer and naturalist.

Soon after graduation Mait began seven years as an editor for book publishers, During that time he also wrote and published two books on ornithology, in WWII he served as an Air Force intelligence officer and he was discharged as a major in 1945. He thereupon went to work at LIFE magazine, where lie served as a writer, editor, and photo editor until 1956, when he resigned his position as assistant managing editor in order to write on his own. In 1960 he rejoined Time, Inc. as editor of the Nature series of TimeLife Books, eventually becoming editorinchief of the entire books division. Retiring from there in 1972, Mait wrote six more books on natural history and evolution, the most famous of which was Lucy: TFfF BEGINNINGs OF HUNIAN KIND. His ability as a writer was evident in the high quality of our Class Notes that he wrote for the ALUMNI WEEKLY.

Mait was an avid conservationist and sailor. He served on the boards oftwo conservation organizations on Martha's Vineyard, and was formerly commodore of the Edgartown Yacht Club.

In 1934 Mait married Helen Kellogg, who survives him along with four children, Maitland A. Jr., Winthrop K., Beatrice W. Phear, and Marion B. Ecley; 13 grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. We share with all of them our deep sense of loss of this eminent Princeton classmate.

The Class of 1932

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