Edith Key

Edith Key

Edith Rubright Knudson Key was born in Temple, PA in 1919 and passed away on March 3, 2009. She graduated from Huhlenberg High School and received her nursing degree in 1941. She was in the 102nd evacuation unit for Patton’s army and oversaw a 400 bed hospital. Under her charge, they rescued the largest number of patients for a 400- bed evacuation hospital in the European Theater of Operations. Edith received a Silver Star. She moved to Long Beach in 1946 and worked a total of 48 years as a nurse in the VA hospital and then Long Beach Memorial. She was the president of the Long Beach Nurses Association, member of Ebell, Children’s Benefit League, LB Symphony and gave scholarships to CSULB annually. In 1996 she was the Senior Citizen of the Year for Signal Hill. She was married twice, first to Leo Knudson and then to Dr. Harold Key and had two sons, Tom & Leo. She was also an avid world traveler her entire life. She retired to Freedom Village in Lake Forest and became a volunteer there, involved in many activities. Most of all, she was a huge supporter of her family.

The College of Education (CED) expresses gratitude to all scholarship donors who continue to enhance the quality of education students experience at CSULB.


This scholarship is continued in her honor, and is awarded by her sons & daughter-in-law, Tom & Lois Knudson and Leo Knudson, to a student who represents each of her family members in the areas they were motivated in, special education, P.E. education, and theater/ arts education.

The Edith Key Scholarship Fund