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military officer , food products executive

Edwin William Rawlings was American food products executive, retired military officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Distinguished Flying Cross, Commander Order British Empire/England; recipient General E. William E. Mitchell award, American Legion Aviators Post 743, 1957, Exceptional Civilian Service award, 1987.


Rawlings, Edwin William was born on September 11, 1904 in Milroy, Minnesota, United States. Son of Frank Henry and Ella Mae (Frazier) Rawlings.


Bachelor, Hamline University, 1927. Doctor of Business Administration(honorary), Hamline University, 1945. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1939.

HHD(honorary), University Dayton, 1954. Doctor of Laws(honorary), Ohio Wesleyan University, 1957. Doctor of Laws(honorary), Hendrix College, 1957.

Doctor of Laws(honorary), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1957. Doctor Business Administration(honorary), Tufts University, 1959.


Reporter St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch, 1925. Assistant department manager Dayton Company, Minneapolis, 1927—1929. Commissioned Second lieutenant Air Corps United States Army, 1930, advanced through grades to general, 1954.

Commanding general Air Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 1951—1959. Retired, 1959; finance vice president General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis, 1959, executive vice president, 1960—1961, president, 1961—1967, chairman board, 1967—1968, director, 1959—1976. Retired, 1968

Consultant General Mills, Inc., Weyerhauser Company, Knutson Companies, Magnetic Controls.


The relationship with God in Covenant is like a marriage between human beings – both as a community and as individuals – on the one side and God in Christ on the other.


Church should be involved into political life by organizing delegations to party conferences.


The family is the basic human community through which persons are nurtured and sustained in mutual love, responsibility, respect, and fidelity.


Board directors Air Force Academy Foundation, Inc., Colorado Springs, Falcon Foundation, Colorado Springs. Member of Air Force Association, Caterpillar Club, Minneapolis Club.


Married Muriel Peterson, July 17, 1930 (deceased). Children: Peter E., Charles F., Richard W., John F.

Frank Henry Rawlings

Ella Mae (Frazier) Rawlings

Muriel Peterson

Peter E. Rawlings

Charles F. Rawlings

Richard W. Rawlings

John F. Rawlings