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Prepared by Barbara Bass, March 1997
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Edgar McCormick was born in Wadsworth and moved to Brimfield, Ohio, when he was four years old with his family when they purchased a farm. A graduate of Kent State University in 1936, he earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1950. He taught English at Kent State University from 1954 to 1979 and served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was also the coordinator of the American Studies program.
A poet and historian, McCormick has written many books on both subjects. One of his books, They Also Served, includes his own life experiences while he served in the Air Corps during World War II, from 1942-1945. Another book, Working to Make It Happen, is the history of the Brimfield Memorial House Association. McCormick has been the volunteer curator and director since it began in 1963. His other writings include books of poetry: Home Place and Other Poems, Creatures Here Below, and After Equinox. Other books include Brimfield and Its People and Determined Lives.
Dr. McCormick's papers include minutes of meetings of the English Department and the College of Arts and Sciences. Two publications included are "Kent Writers Club" and "Spectra." "Kent Writers Club" is full of poetry and short articles written by faculty and others. "Spectra" contains poetry written by McCormick and his Freshman Honors Colloquium.