Kenneth Ray Edgar

October 21, 1937  -  January 29, 1969

Kenneth Ray Edgar was the third child and first son of William T. Edgar and Grace O'Lishe Gibson Edgar. His siblings were: Marjorie, Billie Ann, David, Tommy and Jana. Ken was a small child, and at the encouragement of the first grade teacher in Lueders, Texas he was not pushed ahead even though he was reading and writing when five years old. Later in life he often thanked his mother because he loved the classmates this choice brought.

In school in Lueders, Ken and Jane King pushed each other to be the best. Kenneth moved to Graham, Texas in January 1955. The math teacher laughed about his 100 average and said Lueders must be very easy. When the year was over, Ken still had a 100 average. Now Graham knew what Lueders had always known; Ken was a very bright boy. In Graham he also made the varsity basketball team (at 5'4") and the track team in the pole vault. He was president of his senior class and All School Favorite.

Kenneth received two degrees (B.S., B.A.) in four years with highest honors in mathematics and physics from the University of Texas in Austin. He made one B his freshman year and one B his senior year. The other grades were all A's. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Phi, A.P.O. and a member of the Cowboys.

He moved to Albany, New York to work for General Electric Reactor Division. He did graduate studies at Rice University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and became a reactor physicist who was responsible for critical reactor physics calculations leading to the successful completion of the physics design of the reactors in the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz.

In upstate New York area, Ken was known as the best softball pitcher around. He lead his team to win the New York State Championship. He also pitched five exhibition games against Eddie Feigner, “The King and His Court”. Ken won three of those games. At 5'4", Ken was the toughest competitor but the most gracious winner. He should have been, as he usually won.

Kenneth had three children, two boys and a girl. At 31 years of age he was fatally injured in an automobile accident. He remains in the memory of his friends and family. A scholarship for exceptional entering freshmen who will study mathematics or science was established at U.T. with the Texas Exes Association.

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