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Edward Kay Girod, 88, died December 15, 2017, at Greenspring Village in Springfield, VA. He was born in Masontown, PA, on April 12, 1929, the second of three children of Michael and Carrie (McLeod) Girod. He graduated from Dunbar Township High in 1947 and Penn State University in 1952 with a degree in Education. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in March of 1952 and served one year.

Ed began his teaching career in 1953 at Captain Jack High School in Mount Union, PA. Returning to Penn State, he completed his Masters of Art Education in 1955.

In July 1957, he married childhood friend, Elizabeth Arlene Lilley. They moved to Grenada, British West Indies, in 1959 where he taught at the Grenada Boys Secondary School as part of a Fulbright Scholar exchange grant.

In 1961, Ed and family moved to Alexandria then Springfield, VA, where he worked for the Alexandria City School System for the next 32 years teaching Art, Art History and Humanities, at Hammond and T.C. Williams High Schools and George Washington Junior High. Additionally, he attended numerous civil rights marches and speeches, including Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

His love of the theater kept him active in the theater arts throughout his life including productions during his school years, teaching career, and into retirement. He was a member of the International Thespian Society and active with the Little Theatre of Alexandria, Arena Stage, and at Greenspring. He worked part-time at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for more than 35 years.

Ed's love of art went hand in hand with traveling; visiting family in Hawaii, meeting Pope Saint John Paul II with Arlene at the Vatican, and other trips around the world with relatives and friends sharing his vast art knowledge.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Arlene, and brother James B. Girod. He is survived by his sister, Jewel (Thomas) Stegner; children, Mary Girod (Richard Kanahele), Michael (Tina) Girod, and Matthew (Luciana) Girod; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation/prayers will be Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA, from 10-12 noon and reception following at Greenspring Village, Accotink Room, Springfield, VA, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Ed will be cremated and burial will be Tuesday, February 6th, at Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Little Theatre of Alexandria (www. thelittletheatre.com).