Springfield icon Edgar May dies
SPRINGFIELD -- Edgar May, a longtime political force in his adopted hometown of Springfield and his adopted home state of Vermont, died this morning in Arizona.
May, 83, a Pulitizer Prize winning journalist while at the Buffalo Evening News, had been in a period of declining health and had a winter home outside Tucson. He was a native of Switzerland.
May served 18 years in the Vermont Legislature, first representing Springfield in the House, and later Windsor County as senator. He retired in 1991, and then devoted his energy to many projects, including the recreation center in Springfield that bears his name. Christian Craig, executive director of The Edgar May Center, confirmed that May had died.
May, after winning his Pulitzer Prize in 1961, worked in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in Washington, D.C., working for Sargent Shriver as he established the Peace Corps. He was the deputy director for the domestic Peace Corps, VISTA.
Services are planned for both Burlington and Springfield, Craig said.