Edward David Woodberry Spingarn ’33

Edward David Woodberry Spingarn ’33 died on May 7, 2005, in Washington, DC.

Born on October 22, 1944, in New York City, he prepared for college at the Kent School in Connecticut and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin.

Following his graduation summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1933, he did graduate work at Harvard University and the London School of Economics in England, receiving a master of arts degree in modern history from Harvard in 1934 and a doctor of philosophy degree in economics from Harvard in 1940.

While teaching economics at Trinity College in Connecticut he was commissioned a second lieutenant on the U.S. Army Field Artillery Reserve. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1944 and in the Office of Strategic Services from 1944-45, attaining the rank of captain. He remained in the Army reserve and served on active duty in the Korean conflict in 1951-52, eventually attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel and retiring in 1962.

He was an assistant professor of economics at Trinity in 1946-47 and then became an economist with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. He became an assistant division chief at IMF in 1959 and was promoted to assistant to the director of the Asian Department in 1970.

He retired in 1973 and for years did voluntary social work for senior citizens. He also consulted for the Accuracy in Media Organization and was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Washington and of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Mount Desert Island.

He was married in 1941 to Elizabeth Morison, who died in 1997, and is survived by a daughter, Phillida M. Alcantar of Washington, DC, and a grandson.