Ed completed his secondary education at St. Cloud’s Cathedral High School, where he played football and began his career in student government and debate. In 1939, Ed matriculated at Saint John’s University in Collegeville. As an undergrad, he honed his debate skills, developed an interest in public service, and began a lifelong association with and dedication to liberal education.
Ed completed both an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.B.A at the University of Chicago in 1948. Seven years later, in 1955, he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, A Politico-Administrative Appraisal of Government Organization for Monetary Policy Formation.