Born on January 24, 1929, Edward L. Wilkinson was the son of a successful Amsterdam banker and the brother of a heroic WWII pilot who was killed in action.
He graduated from Holy Cross during the Korean conflict, joined the Marines and attained the rank of Captain. He then got his law degree from Georgetown, clerked for a while for a U.S. District Court judge in D.C. and then went to work for a law firm in our nation’s capital. He also married a Pennsylvania girl named Carol Kane, certainly the best partnership he ever entered into.
By 1960 he was ready to come home, so he passed the New York State Bar Exam and joined the Amsterdam law firm of Taylor and White. It did not take him very long to become one of the most popular lawyers in the city.
Ned Wilkinson had a magnetic personality augmented by a wonderful sense of humor, a keen mind and the sort of positive attitude that made him a must have member of any group trying to enact change in this community…