Remembering Edie Wilkie

The Ploughshares Fund family has lost a dear friend and source of uncommon wisdom, knowledge and leadership. Edith B. Wilkie died peacefully March 31, 2011, surrounded by friends and family.

In 2009, after serving fourteen years on the Ploughshares Fund board of directors, Edie’s colleagues established the first-ever grant program at Ploughshares Fund honoring an individual – The Edith B. Wilkie Grant for Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping. In 2010 that grant was awarded to Crisis Group for its on-the-ground reporting and national advocacy on South Asia.

Edie was a pioneer in exploring the military's role in peacebuilding, in addition to having served as a congressional staff member from 1968 to 1995.  For sixteen years she directed Congress' bipartisan Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, and she created the Congressional Roundtable on U.S.-Soviet Relations with grants from Ploughshares Fund.

Edie will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate to have known and worked with her.

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