Edgar Moore Corson Jr. was born and grew up in North Hills, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. His college education was interrupted by World War II, in which he had the privilege of serving his country in the army engineers in USA and Europe. He met his wife, Lois Blackburn Corson, at Abington High School. They married in 1953 following his graduation from Penn State as a chemical engineer.
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Following college, he worked in sales and management in the instrumentation and automation industries for many years including Honeywell, Fisher and Porter, Brooks Instruments and Rockwood Manufacturing.
He moved the family to Statesboro in 1971, working on the purchase of Rockwell for Brooks and serving as their general manager. They moved to Portland, Maine, as the president of Rockwood Manufacturing. He retired to Fort Myers, Florida, returning to Statesboro in 2002.
Mr. Corson was listed in Who's Who in US Manufacturing and Who's Who in International Finance. He was a Department of Commerce strategic executive and received a Presidential Award from Reagan for international activities.
He was a former member of Rotary and chamber of commerce in Statesboro and Portland, helped with fund raising for the Boy Scouts and Penn State and volunteered with the EPA doing coastal water testing.
Ed's hobbies included golf, bridge and his beloved Penn State football. He will be remembered for his big personality, quick wit and warm heart. His courage and good humor as he struggled for 20 years with many heath problems were an inspiration to all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, his daughter and son-in law, Debi and Joe Franklin of Statesboro, Ga.; his son and daughter–in–law, Edgar Moore Corson III and Patsy of Clermont, Fla.; and his daughter and son–in–law, Diane and Randy Paige of Jacksonville, Fla. He was very proud of his granddaughter, Jennifer Franklin, and her husband, Kevin Burke, of Bluffton, S.C., and his grandsons, John Franklin of Statesboro and Jake Paige of Hartford, Conn. He also had long and delightful relationships with his sister-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was a former member of First Presbyterian of Statesboro.
The memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 20, in the First Presbyterian Church of Statesboro with the Rev. Dan Lewis officiating.
Family will receive friends and family Friday from 10 a.m. until the service hour.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice or First Presbyterian Church of Statesboro.
Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, September 19, 2013
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Sept. 19 to Sept. 27, 2013