Colonel Edward A. Deeds
Colonel Edward A. Deeds (1874-1960) was an engineer, inventor, industrial organizer, leader in the fight for flood control of the Miami Valley, chief of aircraft procurement in a world war, and a civic force unto himself. Out of all of these activities, Deeds himself singled out the establishment of the Miami Conservancy District as key, claiming that the system of dams protected half a million people from the ravages of flooding. He served as the first President of the District, a position he held for 36 years. With Charles Kettering, he built, equipped and donated the Engineer’s Club of Dayton and purchased land for a public aviation field. He gave Deeds Point to the city, and also contributed the Deeds Carillon, along with the Carillon Trust Fund which helped establish Carillon Park. Colonel Deeds helped Charles Kettering invent the self-starter for automobiles and form the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, later DELCO.–Inducted: 1996. Photograph from the Library of Congress.