Morris Oswald Edwards, a native of Salt Lake City, died at the age of 86 in San Luis Obispo, California on January 2, 1998. He was buried there next to Ruth Iverson Edwards, his deeply beloved wife of 62 years.
Morris was born into the family of David S. Edwards. He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, serving 30 years and through three of his nation's wars. He commanded an infantry regiment in combat during World War II, and served as Deputy Director of Wurtemburg-Baden in the Military Government and reconstruction of Germany after the war. The Army sent him to assignments in Europe, Japan, Korea, and Alaska. His successful career was capped in 1963 when he retired as a brigidier general.After retirement he completed studies, and was awarded a Doctorate in International Relations. He taught courses at MacAlester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, in International Relations and Creative Problem Solving, where a department in this subject was created especially for him. Morris and Ruth came to California in 1965 where he started a successful business by following his interest in the creative problem solving process ("brain storming") for 25 years. This business, Idea Development Associates, took him to locations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Indonesia, where he conducted seminars for a number of large and small business corporations. He moved to San Luis Obispo ten years ago to follow his love of golf and to be near family.
Morris is survived by a son, Richard Edwards of Virginia; and a daughter, Susan McKee of San Luis Obispo. He was grandfather to six, and great-grandfather to five. He was one of the most loving and gentle of men. His family looks forward to seeing him again.
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