Ed died on Dec. 22, 2001, at his Hobe Sound, Fla., home. He wrote in our 50th reunion book, "Journalism and publishing have been my entire career." He first joined the Newark Star-Ledger and later became associate publisher. After WWII, he purchased three newspapers in Harrisburg, Pa., and combined them into The Patriot News. In the '60s, he held several positions with Conde Nast, including publisher of Vogue. He was later president of Newhouse's Metro-Suburbia.
In 1941, he was summoned to active duty by the British after enlisting in the Royal Navy prior to the U.S.'s entry into the war. He later transferred to the Navy and served on Eisenhower's staff. In 1952, he chaired Pennsylvania Citizens for Eisenhower. In Oct. 2001, Ed was the only American able to attend the Greenwich, England, dedication of a plaque honoring Americans who served with the Royal Navy during WWII.
He married and later divorced Lady Sarah Spencer-Churchill, a relative of Sir Winston Churchill. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, four daughters, Alexandra Churchill Birch, Consuela Russell, Jacqueline Williams, and Serena Balfour, and 10 grandchildren. The class sends its sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1937