Edgar S. Woolard Jr.

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Edgar S. Woolard Jr. (born 1934) is an American businessman.[1] He was chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont from 1989 to 1995.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Edgar Woolard was born on April 15, 1934, in Washington, North Carolina.[3] He received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University in 1956.[1][2] He was a lieutenant in the United States Armed Forces.[5]


In 1957, he joined DuPont as an industrial engineer in the Kinston, North Carolina plant, moving on to manufacturing and management positions in Wilmington, Delaware, Old Hickory, Tennessee and Camden, South Carolina.[1][2][5] He was CEO and chairman from 1989 to 1995.[1][4] During that time, DuPont stock increased by 160 percent.[4]

He joined the board of directors of Telex Communications in 1998, and was its chairman from March 2000 to November 2003.[1] He has been on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange, Citigroup, Apple Inc., IBM and Bell Atlantic.[1][3][4][5] He has also been an advisor to Acorn Energy since January 2010.[1][3] He is a member of the North Carolina Textile Foundation.[2] He was chairman of The Business Council from 1995 to 1996.[6][3] He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.[5]


He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society.[3] In 1988, he received the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award Recipient from his alma mater, NCSU.[2][7] He has donated more than US$1 million to the John T. Caldwell Alumni Scholarships at NCSU.[2] The Edgar S. Woolard Chair at the University of Delaware is named after him.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Peggy Harrell, and they have two daughters, Annette and Lynda.[5] He lives in Wilmington, Delaware, Jupiter, Florida, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.[2][5]