Ed died June 3, 2007, at a hospital near his home in Cullowhee, N.C., after a brief illness.
Deeply devoted to music all his life, he earned both master's and doctoral degrees in musicology from UNC-Chapel Hill. After World War II service as a Signal Corps lieutenant in the European theater, he was granted a teaching fellowship at the University of North Carolina. He later was professor of music at Western Carolina University from 1958 until 1982. He worked as an assistant director of the Duke University Chapel choir and as director of the Smoky Mountains Cultural Arts Development Association. He appeared in dozens of operas and musical dramas during his career in civic venues near and around Cullowhee.
Ed is survived by Sydney, his wife of 65 years; daughter Karen; two sons, Fred and John; and five grandchildren. We extend our sincere sympathy to them.