Former Scripps Clinic president/CEO Charles Edwards dies at La Jolla home

Charles C. Edwards, M.D., former president/CEO of Scripps Clinic, and a prominent La Jolla resident for 35 years, died Aug. 7 at his La Jolla home after a long illness.

Born in Nebraska on Sept. 16, 1923, he earned his bachelor and M.D. degrees University of Colorado and completed his MS in surgery at the University of Minnesota) and surgical fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. A Marine who served for two years during the Korean War, he also served with the CIA for a short time.

His lengthy and varied career included time on the staff of the American Medical Association and with the management firm of Booz, Allen and Hamilton. In 1969, he was appointed by President Nixon to be the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. In 1971, he became assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

He was named president and CEO of Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in 1977, and presided as The Scripps Research Institute became the largest private biomedical research institution in the nation. In 1991, he led the formation of the Scripps Institution of Science and Medicine, retiring in 1993.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sue Kruidenier Edwards; their four children, Timothy Kruidenier Edwards (Pat), Charles Cornell Edwards, Jr. (Karin), Nancy Edwards Schned (Eric), David Busby Edwards (Marketa); grandchildren Scott Edwards, Hayley Vaughan, Emily Edwards Ingham, Molly Schned, Dan Schned, Alex Schned, Nick Edwards, and Melody Edwards; and his cousin Cornell Arendt. He was preceded in death by his brother Keith.

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