Saturday, May 21, 2005

Dean Edwards

Thomas A. Edwards, long-time dean of the Berea Foundation School and the first principal of the Berea High School, was born in Newark, Ohio on January 27, 1857. After graduating from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, he spent seven years as a high school prioncipal in several schools. He then served as superintendent of the Soldiers and Sailors Orphans School in Xenia, Ohio fot twelve years. From there he came to Berea as superintendent of the Model and Foundation schools. He later became dean of the Foundation School and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1926, having worked for Berea College for 22 years. He immediately came out of retirement to serve as principal of the newly formed Breea High School for two years when he resigned but stayed on as an English and Mathematics teacher until his death on March 16, 1930. Edwards was married to Laura Hull. They had four children.

See Berea Citizen, 20 Mar 1930.

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