Edwin F. Blair

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Edwin Foster "Ted" Blair (15 December 1901, Weatherford, Texas – 6 November 1970, New Haven, Connecticut) His father was a native of Georgia, who had moved to Texas. He had a large interest in the wholesale stock and grocers, Anderson & Blair, and was involved in the local media.

Edwin F. Blair received education at the Hotchkiss School, and graduated from Yale University with an AB in 1924. At Yale he was member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and Skull and Bones.[1] He was on the undefeated 1923 Yale football team.[2]

The following year he was married to Rosemary Kane, with whom he would have five children. In 1928 he was hired as an instructor in the Yale Law School. The following year he joined the New York law firm Davis, Polk, Wardwell, Gardiner & Reed as an associate. The firms had among its partners John William Davis, who had previously served as United States Solicitor General. In 1940 Blair organized the law firm Blair, Polk & Ogden. Two years later the firm became Blair & Reed, and Blair continued the practice of law in New York until 1968.

Blair also had many corporate interests, being a director of the Canada Dry Corp., Holly Sugar Corp, Mohasco Industries, Inc. and the Union Bag-Camp Paper Corp. He was also Chairman of the Board of T.A.D. Jones & Co., Inc. and a member of the advisor board of the Chemical Corn Exchange Bank.

He was heavily involved with Yale University throughout his career. From 1942 to 1944 he was Chairman of the Alumni Fund, and from 1949 to 1952 he was Chairman of the Alumni Board. He was also a Fellow of the Yale Corporation, director of the Yale Football Association and Chairman of the Yale Graduate Football Committee. As director of the Football Association, he was an advocate of recruiting athletes to the university. He received the 1968 Walter Camp Man of the Year award. Blair had other interests in education, being a Trustee of the Hotchkiss School and the Fairfield Country Day School.

In politics, he was a Republican, although he never sought office. He was however a member of the Republican Finance Committee, serving on the budget committee in 1959. The following year he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Connecticut. Blair was a supporter of global governance.


  1. ^ "YALE 'TAP DAY' BRINGS HONORS TO JUNIORS: Many New Yorkers Among Those Chosen for Membership in Senior Societies.". New York Times. 18 May 1923. p. 27. 
  2. ^ "Blair to Be Recipient Of Walter Camp Award". New York Times. Sep 8, 1968.