Edith was 68 years old when she was elected Grand President, and had already served the Fraternity in a number of roles for nearly 25 years. Among her many positions, she served as President of Boston Inter-Collegiate Alumnae, adviser to Phi Chapter, Director of Standards, Director of Membership, Vice President, NPC Delegate, Interfraternity Research, and Advisory Secretary to the Council of College Fraternities and Sororities. She was honored with the first Gracious Living Award for her 25 years as Executive Secretary. She emphasized Fraternity history and standardization. At the Centennial Commencement at Monmouth College in 1953, she received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. After leaving office, she continued her dedicated work for the Fraternity as Kappa's first Chairman of Fraternity Research Committee. She was also given the Loyalty Award and Special Achievement Award in 1964. She believed in the fraternity system as an entity for training leadership in America.