GVSU mourns the death of former GVU Foundation president
The Grand Valley campus community mourns the death of John Edison, a
former president of the Grand Valley University Foundation, who died
Edison's involvement at Grand Valley spanned more than 50 years. He
played an important role in Grand Valley's early years, especially
with University Development activities; he became a GVU Foundation
director in 1970, serving as president from 1974-1978. He also helped
organize the foundation’s first Enrichment Dinner, which honors the
President Philomena V. Mantella expressed condolences to Edison's
family. “The university is strong today because of the hard work and
dedication of people like John," she said. "His legacy lives
on through the success of the foundation and the lives of the many
students he has helped. Our hearts go out to Penny and the Edison
family at this time.”
John Edison served as president of the GVU Foundation from 1974-1978.
John and Henrietta (Penny) Edison are pictured at the dedication of the L. William Seidman Center.
Along with Marvin DeVries, Edison established the Dean’s Advisory
Board for the Seidman College of Business. The board continues to
operate, providing a valuable source of counsel to the college and
ensuring its curriculum reflects the needs of the business community.
Edison and his wife, Henrietta (Penny), have supported multiple funds
at Grand Valley. They started the Edison Elementary Education
Endowment Scholarship to support students in the College of Education
and Community Innovation. They also supported construction of the L.
William Seidman Center. In recognition, the Edison Family Foundation
Student Organization Suite was named in their honor.