EDGAR W. “Ed” DUSKIN, Colonel, United States Army (Ret.) passed away at his home the evening of Sunday, August 1st 2021.
Col. Duskin was born July 15, 1928 in Dawson, GA to Jack and Theodosia Duskin. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Terrell County High School. He was accepted to the Citadel, a private military college in Charleston, SC. At the Citadel, Colonel Duskin was a member of the Summerall Guards (the school’s sword drill team) and the fencing team. He graduated early from the Citadel at the age of 18 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration in 1947. The following year, in 1948 he married the love of his life, Ann Oliver in Washington DC. Together they embarked on a long and eventful military career. Colonel Duskin served active duty in the Army from 1948 to 1972 as an Infantry Officer. In 1952, they welcomed their first child, Edgar W. Duskin Jr. (Whit). During the Korean War he served in the Korean Military Advisory Group as Intelligence Advisor to the Republic of Korea’s II Corps. Following the War, Colonel Duskin was assigned to United States Army Europe Headquarters Intelligence staff and served as a French and German linguist from 1956-1959. In 1960, they welcomed their second child, a daughter, Abigail Elizabeth (Gail). Colonel Duskin was involved in South East Asia planning and operations during two terms on Army General Staff and with U.S. Embassy and U.S. Army Attaché in Laos during much of the Vietnam War. Following his first tour as attaché, the ambassador requested Colonel Duskin by name to serve an additional two tours. After his retirement in 1972, Colonel Duskin served as a consultant on Laos to the Department of the Army. Colonel Duskin’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, The Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Bronze Star (2 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, numerous foreign award and decoration, the Department of the Army General Staff Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, and Master Parachutist jump wings. After retirement, the family returned to Dawson and he began working with his father at his grain trading and processing business. In 1973 he was offered and accepted a position with Southern Agricultural Chemical Association (SACA). In 1983 Ed helped to transition SACA into the Southern Crop Protection Association (SCPA) and took a position as its Executive Vice President and CEO. He helped grow SCPA from its original 4 into a 15-state regional trade association representing the crop protection chemical industry. Ed was also active in local redevelopment, serving as a member of Rotary International and the Terrell County Historic Preservation Society for many years. He was a pivotal member of the Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Dawson. Ed is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Ann; two children Edgar W. Duskin Jr. (Carolyn) and Abigail Rakel (Paul); three grandchildren: Trey Duskin (Noelle), Olivia Robinson (Richard), and Dr. Mary Catherine Duskin; and one great-granddaughter, Rebecca Ann. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Dawson, Ga. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.
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Holy Spirit Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 645, Dawson GA 39842