Ed first became involved in animal welfare when he was asked to be on the board of the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) in the mid 1990s. After six years he was elected President/Chairperson of the Board, serving in that capacity for a little over 4 years. He remained on the board for a total of 12 years. Ed is the Co-founder of the Animal House Fund, an organization created to help the city of St. Louis address its lagging commitment to the city's animals. They started a cat shelter in 2009 and it currently serves thousands of cats a year with health care, shelter, and adoptions. Ed joined the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation some 10 years ago, and was honored with the Grace Korsan Award in 2003. He currently serves as Secretary to the Alliance.
In addition to his animal related charity work, Ed also serves on the board of the Boy Scouts of America, the Semper Fi Society board, the advisory board of the USO of Missouri, the Vietnam Veterans Round Table, and is the former Chairman of Business BancShares.
We are especially honored to share that Ed joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967 and served during the Vietnam conflict from July 1968 to August 1969, attaining the rank of NCO Corporal platoon leader. Ed was wounded three times and is the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal.