A Great Run
Dashing Into History
Phil Edwards (STERN 1930) was born in 1907 in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), where he practiced sprinting by racing what he described to a newspaper as “an angry cow.” A track and field star at NYU, he represented Canada in the 1928, 1932, and 1936 Olympics, winning five bronze medals. Edwards also was the first recipient of what is now called the Northern Star Award, recognizing Canada’s top athlete. He became a physician specializing in tropical diseases with a distinguished medical career briefly interrupted by his military service as a captain in the Canadian Army during World War II. He was inducted into the NYU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971, the same year he died shortly before his 64th birthday.