|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 2005|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
NUTRITIONIST, Educator, Scholar
Cecile H. Edwards, 78, died at the Washington Home Hospice.
A native of East Saint Louis, Illinois, Dr. Edwards received the B. S. degree in Nutrition from Tuskegee Institute, in 1946, with high honors.
She remained at Tuskegee where she earned the M.S. degree in Chemistry in 1947.
Her exemplary record led to her receiving a coveted General Education Board Fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at Iowa State University.
She received the Ph.D. in Nutrition from Iowa State. She served as chair of the Department of Foods and Nutrition, School of Home Economics at Tuskegee from 1952 to 1956.
She met her husband, the late Dr. Gerald A. Edwards, at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro in April 1951. They were married in June of that year and worked at Tuskegee Institute and the Carver Foundation until September 1956, when they moved to A&T.
They brought with them to A&T a newly awarded National Institutes of Health research grant for studies on the metabolism of methionine. That project was supported for the 14 years that they were at A&T and continued for four additional years after she moved to Howard University. Her other research at A&T was supported by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the Atomic Energy Commission. When the family moved to India in 1966, for a two-year period, she brought one of her projects with her and continued this research at the Central Food Technological Research Institute, and conducted other studies relevant to nutrition in India.
When the family moved to Washington, D.C. in February 1971, Dr. Edwards joined the faculty of the Department of Home Economics at Howard University as Professor of Nutrition and she became Chairman of that department. She was the founding Dean of the School of Human Ecology from 1974 to 1986. She established the Ph.D. Program in Nutrition at Howard University, the only such program at a predominately black university in the United States. She became the Dean of the new School of Continuing Education at Howard in 1986. In 1997, she was invited to serve as Interim Dean of the new College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
After a one-year sabbatical, she retired in 1999 from her position at Howard University, thus ending 49 highly successful years in teaching, research, and administration. She then became Professor Emeritus of Nutrition.
Her outstanding accomplishments can be measured through the publication of more than 160 papers in refereed journals; receipt of numerous honors from Iowa State University, Tuskegee Institute, N.C. A&T State University, and Howard University; citations from the House of Representatives, State of Illinois (her home state), in 1980 and 1987 for her outstanding scientific accomplishments; Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Illinois designating April 5, 1984, as Cecile Hoover Edwards Day; and a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Science by the National Council of Negro Women.
In addition to these professional organizations, Dr. Edwards was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Perhaps her most cherished accomplishment was seeing her three children, Jerry, Adrienne, and Hazel, each graduate from Howard University and continue on to obtain graduate degrees in their respective fields of business, veterinary medicine, and architecture.
Her grandson, John, also graduated from Howard.
Her husband of 54 years, Gerald A. Edwards, died in June 2005.
They are survived by three children, Gerald A. Edwards, Jr. (Barbara) of Washington, DC, Adrienne A. Edwards (Haywood L. Perry, Jr.) of Accokeek, MD, and Hazel R. Edwards of Lanham, MD; seven grandsons, John T. Edwards, David M. Edwards (Sawdatou), Stephen D. Edwards, Christopher J. Edwards, Jonathan A. Edwards, Haywood L. Perry, III, and Jason C. Perry; one granddaughter, Ava D. Perry; two great grandchildren, Kephren Pondexter and Jordyn K. Edwards; two sisters, Ruth Hill of O'Fallon, IL, and Wyvetter Hoover Younge of East Saint Louis, IL; two brothers, Roscoe Hoover of East Saint Louis, IL and Herbert Hoover of Lutz, FL.
Mount Hope Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Sep 21, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11791238