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Alice L. Edwards papers, 1895-1962

Biographical Note:

Alumna Alice Leora Edwards was born April 19, 1882 in Monroe, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon Agricultural College (OSU) in 1906 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. She received her M.A. degree in 1917 from Columbia University and her Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers College in 1940.

She was as an instructor in Zoology and Entomology at Oregon Agricultural College from 1909 to 1915 and served as a student assistant in the Biology department at Teachers College, Columbia University, 1915-1917. In 1917-1918 she was Assistant Professor of Dietetics at the University of Minnesota and in 1921-1926 she served as Dean of Home Economics at Rhode Island College. In 1941 she became the Dean of Home Economics at Mary Washington College at the University of Virginia at Fredericksburg, a position she held until her retirement from academic life in 1951.

In 1925, Edwards, a member of the World Student Christian Federation, traveled with the group to Europe to encourage and coordinate the work of existing national student Christian movements after the devastation of World War I.

Edwards was Executive Secretary of the American Home Economics Association from 1926 until 1936. In her capacity with the Association, she represented the organization on the Council of American Standards, the Women's Joint Congressional Committee, and served on the President's Advisory Committee on Education. During her career, she edited Scientific Consumer Purchasing: A Study Guide for the Consumer (1939), co-authored Consumer Standards (1941) and wrote Product Standards and Labeling for Consumers (1940). She devoted her career as an advocate for standardized size and labels for consumer goods.

Alice Leora Edwards moved back to Oregon in 1951 and died in Corvallis, Oregon on July 4, 1962.

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