After graduating from CHS, Ed attended the University of Arizona where he majored in history. He graduated in 1964 Phi Beta Kappa and with a National Woodrow Wilson fellowship to attend the University of Virginia, where he earned his MA in European History. He met his wife Lu Knibb there. She was a graduate student in English.
Ed left UVA in 1967 to teach a year at the University of Richmond, and then went to the Virginia Military Institute for a one-year appointment. That turned out to be a 30 year plus career. He taught history full time for four years and then entered the administration, where he held various posts including Public Information Officer, Institute Planning Officer, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent (president), Secretary to the Board of Visitors, and Coordinator of International Programs.
In the last mentioned position, Ed set up exchange programs between VMI and the Ecole Polytechnique in France and the National Defense Academy in Tallinn, Estonia. Ed's wife worked as a fund raiser for VMI for 15 years. Ed retired in 2001 and Lu retired in 2003.
Ed still works part time for the VMI Superintendent as a writer. Lu rides horses, runs, and is a Hospice volunteer. Ed and Lu have a daughter, Kathleen, who is a school teacher. She and her husband have two children, a girl (seven) and a boy (four).
Ed and Lu greatly enjoyed the 50th reunion.
Ed will attend the 55th reunion.
Ed Dooley unveils another one of his talents. Read more about his latest accomplishments by checking on this link.
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Last Updated: Nov. 2014