Edgar E. Ferrey


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1987)
B.A., 1942


Edgar Eugene Ferrey was a Silicon Valley pioneer whose vision anticipated the unparalleled growth of the electronics industry. While attending Indiana University, he was student editor of the Indiana Daily Student, and a high-ranking scholar. He learned concentration, communication, and concern for others before beginning his career in the world of journalism.

Ferrey was director of public relations for a west coast electric company when he perceived the need for building a trade association for the rapidly growing electronics industry. His vision and tenacity developed the American Electronics Association into a globally effective consortium, aiding passage of important legislative initiates for research and development. It has streamlined export laws and procedures, which promoted effective competition in international markets and encouraged a fruitful environment for innovation.

Ferrey's advice has been sought by the Indiana Department of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Indiana University, and various civic organizations. He was recognized by IU with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award for his contributions to the advancement of electronics and of technology in general, his dedication to the free enterprise system, and for his enduring loyalty to his Alma Mater.