Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Edward A. Walsh

It was at Holy Cross that two of his hallmarks began to appear. EAW began to lose his hair, though not his head, and often wonders if the horse mange pomade used by his roommate to successfully rehabilitate disappearing locks might not have also been an asset despite its rather "horsey" odor.

EAW also showed the humanity that would be his biggest asset and greatest charm. His brother Mike was running for senior class president and Ed’s classmates were urging him to run for the same spot in the sophomore class.

But he declined and later told his brother that he had discouraged the nomination because "it wouldn’t be right for two brothers to be running the show."

Today, his brother disagrees. "If the situation had been reversed, I think I would have run," Mike says. "After all, here were two brothers from a small town competing against New Yorkers, New Jerseyites and all the others."

Mike Shea continued to help the boys through college. Ed pitched in himself, and after one summer as a room clerk in the long deceased Hilltop Inn, stopping place for society, spent the rest of his vacations as a reporter for the Newport Herald, also deceased for nearly two decades. He also was summer society correspondent for The New York Herald.

The bug had bitten by this time and Ed went to Notre Dame to get a master’s degree in English after winning a Knights of Columbus Fellowship. He wrote some features for the South Bend Tribune but left the Golden Dome before completing his course and returned to Rhode Island and wrote for the Providence News while working as a reporter and night copy editor with the Newport Herald. The News was owned by Senator Peter Goelet Gerry whose hierarchy spotted EAW’s flair for political reviews.

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