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Kenneth John Edwards

Kenneth J. EdwardsBorn: March 23, 1940
Died: December 17, 2017

Ken Edwards was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, son of Arthur Sherman and Florence Helen Coury Edwards. He graduated from Bellows Falls High School as the valedictorian of his high school class.

Ken was a member of Saybrook College. He majored in history and was a ranking scholar, on Dean’s List, and held scholarships. His roommates were Roy Hammer, who survives Ken, and Henry Rogers, who died in 2010.

Ken had active and varied careers. He was a Navy veteran and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Roy Hammer recalls that Ken studied Russian while in the Navy. When he returned to civilian life, he earned degrees in history, divinity and social work. In addition to his degrees from Yale, he earned a divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington.

Ken served as a Methodist minister, a position from which he retired. He also worked as a hospital social worker. He passed away in Fort Worth, Texas where he had settled.

Ken loved to study history, art, theology and music. After his retirement he served the Fort Worth community by volunteering at the Kimbell Art Museum and joining a citizen’s patrol in his local neighborhood.

Ken was married twice. His first wife and mother of his two children is Cynthia Krueger, who resides in Boynton Beach, Florida and has survived him. She posted a moving message fondly recalling their 19 years of marriage. Ken was predeceased by his parents, his sister Muriel Clark of Corpus Christie and by his daughter Melissa Edwards of Fort Worth. Surviving Ken were his son Mark Edwards of New York City and his granddaughter Magnolia, also of New York City, and his brother Philip of Shutesbury, Massachusetts.

Ken was very proud of his years of service to others. He was buried in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery with military honors in recognition of his service in the U.S. Navy.

Our class is indebted to Roy Hammer who called our attention in 2021 to his roommate’s death 4 years earlier. Yale was unaware that he had passed away.


R. G. Oliver