Dr. E. McGrew, Former Friends Pastor, Dies

Dr. Edwin McGrew, former pastor of the First Friends Church in Whittier, educator and college president, died Wednesday at his home in Altadena.

He came with his family to Whittier in 1910, and held the church pastorate during the years the present building was constructed. He was active in community affairs and in welfare work during his stay, and lived with his wife and daughter at the parsonage just north of the church.

In 1918 he accepted a call to the presidency of William Penn College where he remained until 1928 and returned there ten years later to become president emeritus. During his absence, he served as pastor of the First Friends Church in Pasadena.

Doctor McGrew received his education at Quaker schools and received degrees at William Penn College and Haverford College. He was granted his D.D. degree at Whittier College.

His first wife, Edith Ware McGrew, died soon after the family moved from Whittier. He is survived by his second wife, Frances Mitchell McGrew, who lives at the family home at 2135 Navarro St., Altadena; his daughter, Mrs. Marion Woodard of Arcadia; two grandchildren, Mrs. Marion Atherton of Azusa and John M. Woodard of Duarte; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 3 p.m. at the White Emerson Chapel with interment in Rose Hills Memorial Park.


Obituary, date and source not given; evidently from Whittier, CA, shortly after his death on 27 April, 1955.