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Joseph Tappen Edgar ’32

Published in Mar. 6, 1991, issue

JOE EDGAR died Nov. 27, 1990, in Bar Harbor, Me., where he had lived for many years, owning and operating a children's clothing store during that entire time. He prepared at Newark Academy, and at Princeton he was in the Glee Club, University Band, the freshman baseball team, the Interclub Executive Committee, the Intracollegiate Athletic Committee, and Key and Seal Club.

During his years at Bar Harbor, Joe became fascinated by politics and became an important voice in the affairs of his state. At various times he was the Maine Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, and a member of the State Senate. He labored hard and long and was eventually successful in establishing the Bluenose Ferry between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, which brought large and longlasting benefits to his hometown. He also served as a member of the town council, the Chamber of Commerce and the MDI Lions Club.

Joe was married to the former Margaret Sanford for 50 years. She predeceased him by only ten months. Surviving are a daughter, Margaret E. Gerald, a sister, Alice Whittelsey, and one grandchild. Our sympathies go to them in the loss of one who gave so much of himself to the public good. One man summed up Joe when he said: "He served his constituents well."

The Class of 1932

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