Thomas J. Edwards was the original director of the university Learning Center when it ceded from the EOP department in 1971. Born in Detroit on June 16, 1923, Dr. Edwards was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Coast Guard from 1943-1946.
Dr. Edwards earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He then went on to complete his masters and Ph.D. programs at Temple University, also in Pennsylvania. Dr. Edwards was fluent in several languages and held various consulting and educator positions across the country. He joined the University at Buffalo in 1970 as a professor in the Department of Elementary and Remedial Education. His focus was on reading education. In 1971, he became director of the University’s Learning Center. Dr. Edwards was a prolific writer and presenter during his time at UB, and even served on the President’s Review Board from Promotion and Tenure.
Dr. Edwards passed away on March 24, 1976 after a long battle with cancer. The Learning Center was dedicated to his memory in April 1986 and is now known as the Thomas J. Edwards Undergraduate Learning Center.