In memoriam: arbitration expert, labor consultant Ed Harrick


Edwardsville, IL – Edward John Harrick, a management professor emeritus from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville who became a prominent arbitrator and labor-management consultant, died at home after a 12-year battle with cancer on July 15.

Mr. Harrick, 75, was a management professor at SIUE from 1969 to 2002 who researched and wrote several articles and worked on his own as an arbitrator and consultant. He was frequently called upon to serve as arbitrator and made frequent presentations around the world on labor relations and arbitration.

At SIUE, he was the department chair and Director of Labor and Management Programs, and also a member and officer in the National Academy of Arbitrators.

He was known for his “generous heart, curious mind, positive attitude and helpful spirit.”


“He was a hell of a great guy to work with,” said Bill Thurston, president of the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council. “He helped the federal mediators a lot.”

He was a founding member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Gateway Chapter and was chapter president in 1992. The group brings together organizations and individuals in the field of industrial and labor/management relations.

As recently as last October, he was program chairman for the Arbitration Advocacy event held in St. Louis by the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Mr. Harrick was born in Charleston, WV, and married Karen Wimmer in 1968. He leaves three children, Kimberly, Beth and Stephen. He received his MBA from West Virginia University and his Ph.D at St. Louis University.

A visitation and funeral mass were held Wednesday, July 19 at St. Boniface Church in Edwardsville. Weber Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to New Opportunities Inc., Granite City, an agency where Harrick volunteered that provides educational and work training opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. It is online at

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