College Archives Named in Honor of Doug Edwards
In 2012, the College named its Louisburg College archives in honor of MELVIN DOUGLAS "DOUG" EDWARDS '53, who passed away on November 22, 2011. Doug dedicated countless hours to organizing and restoring the College's vast collection of books, photos, and memorabilia.
Doug was born on October 27, 1933, in Franklin County. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Capps Edwards; his daughter Gretchen Lee Sutton and her husband Tim; and his grandson Kaiden Douglas Sutton. He also leaves behind three sisters, Mrs. Bobbie Wrenn of Louisburg, N.C.; Mrs. Kay Hickox of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Mrs. Sandra Fleming of Louisburg, N.C. Edwards was also blessed with a large number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Keith Edwards.
After graduating from Bunn High School, Doug attended Louisburg College and then went on to finish his degree at NC State University. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, with time served as a map editor in the Army Map Service at the Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., and Schwetzingen, Germany. He served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a sergeant after his active duty service. He was a retired hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey of the U.S. Interior Department, where he specialized in information technology. He was a registered professional hydrologist and an emeritus member of the American Institute of Hydrology. Subsequently, he served as a system analyst with Metaphor Computer Systems of Mountain View, Calif., a system analyst with the Burroughs Wellcome Company of Raleigh, N.C., and was a retiree of Glaxo in Raleigh, N.C. Aft er retirement, he continued to serve as a private consultant for system design and software development for several companies. From 2002 until 2008, Doug and his wife owned and operated Family Memories, a photograph restoration business. Th ey were also specialists in working with digital art and operated a successful printing service.
Doug was honored with the U.S. Interior Department's Meritorious Service award in 1987. He was active in Louisburg College Alumni activities and was honored with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.