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Edgar May

Edgar May (BSJ57) died in 2012. He served as the chief operating officer of Special Olympics International until his retirement in 1996.

Prior to joining Special Olympics, May served in the Vermont Senate from 1983 to 1991. From 1985 to 1991, he served in Vermont's House of Representatives and as chairman for its Committee on Health and Welfare. After leaving office, May directed a judicial management study for the Vermont supreme court.

Government life was no stranger to May before he took office. He had stints as special advisor to the U.S. ambassador to France, inspector general for the federal Office of Economic Opportunity and deputy director for the domestic peace corps (VISTA).

He also worked as a reporter for the Buffalo Evening News, the Chicago Tribune, the Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel and the Springfield (Vt.) Reporter.

Throughout his career, May was a member of several boards including vice president of the American Public Welfare Association, trustee for the University of Vermont, and director of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.

He is the author of "The Wasted Americans" and "Dealing with Drug Abuse." May's articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Harper's to Family Weekly. He won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1961.