William Muir Edwards
William Muir Edwards was born at Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario, on November 14th, 1879, and was educated at Ottawa Collegiate and McGill University. He graduated from McGill University in applied science in 1901 as head of his year, taking the British Association Medal for Applied Science, and the following year he graduated in civil engineering, again taking the British Association Medal.
He remained at McGill as lecturer in mathematics and civil engineering, and in 1907 was appointed assistant professor in these subjects.
In 1908 he was appointed Professor of Science and Mathematics at the University of Alberta, where he did most valuable work in organizing his faculty.
Not only in science did Professor Edwards distinguish himself; he played rugby for McGill and, in 1902, carried off the silver medal of the McGill University Athletic Association by breaking the record in the two mile race.
After coming to Alberta he continued his interest in athletics, becoming president of the AAAU. and taking a very prominent part in the athletic life of the province.
He obtained his commission as a Dominion Land Surveyor in May 1913, and as an Alberta Land Surveyor shortly afterwards, and took a keen interest in the affairs of this Association.
He married Miss Evelyn Douglas, of Ottawa, and had three children. He died on November 14th, 1918, during the great epidemic of Spanish Influenza, which he contracted whilst acting as a volunteer nurse in an emergency hospital, where he worked unceasingly to help save others.