Charles P. Edwards ’41

Charles P. Edwards ’41 died January 24, 2015, in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. 

He was born on June 24, 1919, in Boston to Robert Seaver Edwards, of the Bowdoin Class of 1900, and Teresa Pastene. He prepared for college at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and participated in Masque & Gown, Quill, and track. He competed in the 220 low hurdles at a national level and won the event in the World Games in Naples, Italy. During World War II, he served as an American Field Service ambulance driver attached to the British 8th Army for four years. He married Licia Sargiacomo on August 3, 1944, in Lanciano, Italy. He earned a master’s and Ph.D. in political science at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In the early 1950s, he began work as a political science professor and department head at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He worked for the United States State Department Agency for International Development for the next twenty years and served in both Africa and Washington, D.C. Edwards is survived by his wife, Licia; sons Charles Robert and Peter Pastene and daughter Elizabeth; grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.