NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Arnold George Edson of New Rochelle died May 1. He was 95.
A retired U.S. Marine major, he served during World War II at Guadalcanal, Saipan and Okinawa. His decorations include the Presidential Citation Medal and Pacific War Ribbon with three battle stars.
Edson attended New York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California. He worked in the toy manufacturing industry, first for Ideal Toy Company, then for AMSCO. Edson eventually set up a toy manufacturing factory in Hong Kong, which he sold in 1985.
He was active in the Old Guard of White Plains and served as a past board member of the Wine and Food Society of New York. Edson was a life member of the New York Marine Corps League and past member of Temple Israel in New Rochelle.
Edson also served as board member of the Scarsdale Adult School, Temple M'Vakshe Derekh in Scarsdale and the American Institute of Archeology in Scarsdale. He enjoyed playing golf and bridge, collecting stamps, coins and autographs, playing violin and mandolin and photography.
He is survived by his wife, Marian Edson; three sons, Andi, Richard and Steven; a daughter, Jennifer Edson; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday at Temple M'Vakshe Derekh in Scarsdale.
Memorial donations may be sent to the National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, La. 70130.