Richard A. Edwards, of Owasco, N.Y., died on Oct. 9, 2017, at the Springfield Center in Lindside, W. Va., after a prolonged illness.
He was born in Union City, Ind., in 1938 and graduated from Union High School, where he was a three-sport varsity athlete in baseball, basketball and track. He tried out for the Cincinnati Reds and was offered a position, choosing college instead, because he wanted to be the first person in his family to graduate from college. Rich went on to earn a B.S. degree in physical education and biology from Hanover College, a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in higher education administration, counseling and personnel services.
His relationship with Culver Academies and Summer Camps began in 1959-1968, when he worked as a summer woodcraft counselor and aquatics director. After teaching junior high students and serving as director of guidance in Wabash, Ind., Rich was appointed as a counselor at Culver, where he also served as assistant football coach and instructor in physical education from 1966-1968. He left Culver to complete his doctorate degree and then served as the assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Delaware, Dean of Admissions at the University of Rhode Island, and Principal Policy Analyst for the governor of Rhode Island. He taught courses in tests and measurements and statistics within the local Rhode Island junior college system.
While Director of URI Admission, Rich served as trustee on the college board governing over 6,000 four-year colleges, universities and secondary schools in the USA.
Rich returned to Culver Academies in 1987 as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and served until 1995, when he resigned to take a one-year position at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. He then served a five-year term as Dean of Admissions at Concord College in Athens, W. Va.
Rich will be remembered by family and friends as outgoing and friendly, an avid sports fan, and collector of Oriental rugs, music, pipes and tobacco, and high-end sound systems. He also enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his first wife, Joy Udder; two sons, Eric and Matthew, both of Rhode Island; his second wife, Nancy, of Owasco, N.Y.; four stepchildren, Todd (Kylee Reade) White, of Carlsbad, Calif., Emily (Kevin) McKee, of Montagnole, Switzerland, Justin (Jessica) White, of Spartanburg, S.C., and Matthew Cody White (Ryan Saca), of Key West, Fla.; two nieces and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles, N.Y.