I knew Ed Grant during his first term as Chairperson of the Department in the 1970s. He always projected dignity, humor, intelligence and an earthy practicality that superbly represented the Department. I concede that there must be scholars who could have been as impressive in that role as Dr. Grant was; but I doubt that anyone could have been better.
I never had the pleasure of taking one of Dr. Grant's classes because my coursework emphasized the philosophy of science side of the Department. But I had occasional meetings and conversations with him, and I watched him interact with other students, faculty and staff.
Once while I was a student I organized a jobs workshop for other students in the Department. As part of that I assembled statistics on degrees that the Department had awarded, and statistics on the HPSC students who had found jobs in their fields. I combined them with original, written guidance from the faculty and I prepared a handout for the workshop (called "Bread and Butter" for those who are old enough to remember). In additional to achieving the Department's endorsement of the workshop, Dr. Grant was the major contributor to both the workshop handout and the workshop sessions.
Ed Grant was always kind, engaging and supportive with me. I will forever associate him with the Department in my memories.