Graham, Edward H. (Deceased)
Edward was born on November 30, 1902, at New Brighton, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a BS degree in 1927 and a PhD degree in botany in 1932. He collected plants in British Guiana in 1924 and also in the West (Arizona, Colorado, and Utah) and elsewhere. He was an assistant curator of botany at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh from 1929 until 1937. He then joined the Soil Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and advanced successively from biologist, to chief of the division of biology, and finally to assistant administrator. Edward was assistant administrator for International Programs when he retired in 1964 at the age of 62 after 27 years of distinguished service with U.S. Department of Agriculture. Edward was an active leader in the conservation and scientific community. He was a lecturer in land management ecology in the Graduate School of the United States Department of Agriculture from 1942 to 1952, at Harvard University in 1949, and a Guggenheim Fellow in 1954. He represented the United States at numerous scientific conferences in Mexico, Venezuela, Denmark, France, Scotland, and Greece. Edward served as president of the Soil Conservation Society of America; was a consultant to the Nature Conservancy of Great Britain; chairman of the Commission on Ecology of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; and a member of the United States National Committee for the International Biological Program. Following his retirement from government service Edward was a consultant to the Ford Foundation and a senior associate of the Conservation Foundation in Washington. He was the author of numerous scientific papers and monographs. He will be long-remembered for two books: The Natural Principles of Land Use in 1944 and The Land and Wildlife in 1947. He died of pneumonia on May 16, 1966. At the time of his death he was chairman of the Commission on Ecology of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and had been scheduled to become president of the Union in 1966. Edward was elected to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1939.