Lt. Col. Edward Arthur Daggit Ph.D., U.S. Army (retired), 80, of Harrisonburg, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
He is survived by wife, Darla L. Daggit (nee Cullen); son, Andrew A. Daggit of Star Tannery; grandsons, Bryant T. Daggit of Winchester, and Jonathan A. Taylor of Davenport, Iowa; sister, Elizabeth M. Haynes of Springfield; one nephew, three nieces and nine grandnephews and nieces.
Edward was born in New Orleans on June 15, 1932, and subsequently lived in the D.C. metropolitan area and attended local schools, mainly in Alexandria, through 10th grade. He graduated high school at Staunton Military Academy, and college at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree and a commission in the Infantry. Later, he received degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. (master’s in Mathematics, 1959) and New York University (Ph.D. in mathematics, 1968). During his 22 years of service in the Army, he had overseas assignments in Sendai and Kokura in Japan, Seoul, Korea, Heidelberg, Germany, and Dalat, Vietnam, where he was adviser to the dean of the Vietnamese Military Academy. Twice he was assigned to the math department at USMA, where he gained six years of teaching experience. After retiring in 1975, he filled in for a professor on a year’s sabbatical at Clinch Valley College in Wise, Va., and subsequently taught 20 years at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. During a leave of absence in 1992-1993, he and Darla visited over 100 ROTC units on behalf of the Officer’s Christian Fellowship. Since January 2008, he resided in a Health Care facility in the Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.
A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community, Meredith Chapel, in Harrisonburg. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
A viewing will be held at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg following the memorial service.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Research for CA, Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, your church, or other Christian work, such as Sunnyside Retirement Community or The Officer’s Christian Fellowship.