Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Edwards, James Carter II Was Born on January 17

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Edwards, James Carter II Was Born on January 17

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Edwards, James Carter II was born on January 17, 1932 in Jefferson City, Missouri, the third of four children of Josephine (Johnson) Edwards and Emmett Edwards. He passed away October 1, 2014. Jim (to those who knew and loved him) spent his early childhood years in central Missouri before moving to Kansas City during World War II. It was during these years in rural Missouri that he developed his lifelong love for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors, especially quail hunting and fishing for catfish and crappie. He was an expert shot with both pistol and rifle (he hunted quail with a .410). In the late 1940s, the family moved to St. Louis where Jim graduated from Beaumont High School, class of 1949. Jim was an avid athlete, particularly in baseball and football where he was a starting end on the Beaumont varsity football championship squad. After high school, Jim applied to, and was accepted as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. He attended the Naval Academy (Class of 1956) for two years and took great pride in that fact, always rooting for Navy in the annual game against Army and keeping in touch with classmates over the years. Injury cut short his time at Navy and he finished his military obligation serving in the US Army in Korea during the Korean War. Upon return from his military duty and discharge at Fort Ord, California, Jim worked at a variety of occupations and used his GI Bill to complete his degree at the University of Missouri. It was during this time that Jim met his lifelong friend, wife, and partner Jane. Jim and Jane were married in Topeka, Kansas, in 1959 and over the next six years were blessed with five children. In 1962, Jim moved the growing family to St. Louis and began his long and storied career with McDonnell Douglas ("Mac" as he called it) in the Missile and Space Division, where he worked on a number of programs, including the Mercury and Gemini manned space flight programs and a number of sensitive and classified projects through the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), including the KH-9. For the next thirty years, Jim and family resided in the Pasadena Park section of St. Louis working hard at McDonnell Douglas, and, when the chance presented itself, enjoying fishing in the Osage and Gasconade rivers, bird hunting in Missouri and Kansas, Cardinals baseball, St. …

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