Edward Irvine McDowell Jr was born on June 22, 1922, in Manhattan, New York, to Mary Helen Peirce, age 37, and Edwdard Irvin McDowell, age 50. Edward had one sister Helen Louise.
In Rye his family lived at 2 Grace Church Street and were members of Christ's Church. He graduated the Governor S Drummer Academy in South Byfield MA and attended Yale University.
Edward enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 9, 1942, in New York City, New York, during World War II. He was 20 years old. Edward received basic engineering training at Indiana University,
Bloomington, Ind., under the Army
specialized program. He served with the
20th Armored Division in the European Theatre.
Until October 1944, the 20th Armored Division's mission was to train soldiers and qualify them for overseas shipment as combat replacements for armored units.
To perform this mission, the Division included in its strength an unusually large number of intelligent and highly trained men, including students from several of the Army's advanced college training programs.
The actual arrival of the 20th Armored Division into combat occurred 4–9 April 1945. Elements of the 20th Armored Division, participated in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp on 29 April 1945.
Following V-E Day, the Division performed Occupation duties, returning to the U.S. in August 1945, slated for participation in the then-planned invasion of Japan. The Division reported to Camp Cooke, CA, for amphibious assault training, but after the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered, the unit was inactivated on 2 April 1946 at Camp Hood in Texas.
After the war Edward returned to his studies at Yale. He married Phyllis Murray on September 10, 1949, in Rye, New York. Her father was Arthur Murray the renowned dance instructor who had dance studios throughout the U.S..
Phyllis Murray Engaged To Wed Edward McDowell
Mr and Mrs Arthur Murray of New York formerly of Sterling Ridge Harrison announce the engagement of their daughter Phyllis to Edward I McDowell son of Mrs Edward L McDowell of I7 Sussex Garden Rye and the late Edward L McDowell. Miss Murrry attended the Shipley school and was graduated from- Sarah Lawrence ' College class of-1948. Mr McDowell attended the Governor S Drummer South Byfield MA and Yale University He spent four years with the 20th Armored Division as a corporal.
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Edward and Phyllis would have three daughters and make their home in North Haven, CT.
Edward was an assistant director of development for Corporate Relations at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CT. He was responsible for presenting the college and its programs to. the greater Connecticut business community, seeking support from corporations and individual businesses, as well as participating in developing the overall 'Strategy, planning and techniques' for Quinnipiac's planned giving program. Edward had received an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Yale University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut.
Edward Irvine McDowell Jr died on August 19, 1985, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, when he was 63 years old.