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Edgar Staley Gorrell

Edgar Staley Gorrell, industrial engineer.

Background

  • Gorrell, Edgar Staley was born on February 3, 1891 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Son of Charles Edgar and Pamelia Stevenson (Smith) Gorrell.

  • Education

    • Educated Baltimore City College, 1904-1907. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1912. Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1917.

      Doctor of Science, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont, 1937.

    Career

    • Served in infantry, 1912-1914. Translations to Aviation Section Signal Corps (now Army Air Corps), 1914. Joined 1st Aero Squadron, as Lieutenant, San Antonio, Texas, January 1916.

      Participated in Punitive Expedition, Mexico, under General Pershing. Detailed to Massachusetts Institute Technology, then at headquarters, Washington, District of Columbia. Promoted to captain, 1917.

      Sent to Europe by President Wilson, as member Boiling Mission. To visit Allies to determine what aerial material should be produced in United States and what purchased in Europe. Served as chief engineer officer of Air Service, American Expeditionary Force.

      Promoted to colonel October 28, 1918. Later assistant chief of staff, Air Service. Representative of the United States at more than 200 international confs.

      Participated in campaigns on all five fronts during war. Chief of staff of Air Service, American Expeditionary Force, with rank of colonel. Resigned from army, March 1920.

      With the Nordyke & Marmon Company, 1920-1925, vice-president, 1923-1925. With Stutz Motor Car Company, 1925-1939, director, vice-president and general manager, 1925-1929, director and president, 1929-1935, also chairman board. President, director and chairman of board Edgar S. Gorrell Investment corporation since 1935.

      President and director Air Cargo, Inc., since 1940. Appointed member Army Air Service Investigating Committee, March 1934. Now member Transportation Advisory Group, United States Army.

    Works

    • Author of Study in Aerofoils, 1917.

    Religion

    Denomination: Presbyterian

    Membership

    Served in infantry, 1912-1914. Member of the board of trustees Norwich U. since 1935. Member visitors committee Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1936.

    Member committee of nat. sponsors Air Youth of America, 1940. Member Aeronautical Advisory Council, 1940. Member Society Automotive Engineers, National Aeronautic Association.

    Member Institute of Aeronautical Science, American Meteorological Society Awards: medal, Mexican Punitive Expedition, 1916. Clubs: Country (Indianapolis). Member editorial board Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Northwestern University, January 1939.

    Connections

    • Married Ruth Maurice, December 10, 1921.; married second, Mary Frances O’Dowd Weidman, February 22, 1945. Children: Mary (deceased), Edgar Staley.
    • father: Charles Edgar Gorrell
    • mother: Pamelia Stevenson (Smith) Gorrell
    • spouses: Ruth Maurice
    • Mary Frances O’Dowd Weidman
    • children: Mary Gorrell (deceased)
    • Edgar Staley Gorrell
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    Born February 3, 1891
    Died March 5, 1945
    (aged 54)
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