A native of West Virginia, Edmund M. (Eddie) Cameron entered Washington and Lee in the fall of 1920. A three-year letterman in both football and basketball, Eddie also served as captain of both teams and was selected as a fullback to the All-South Atlantic team. At Washington and Lee he was vice president of the athletic council, president of the freshman council , and president of the monogram club. He was also elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership fraternity, in his sophomore year--an unusual honor.
Eddie had a distinguished athletic career after Washington and Lee as well. He coached Duke University's Blue Devils to several basketball championships and served as a longtime assistant to Duke's legendary football coach, Wallace Wade. Eddie helped lead the Blue Devils to several football titles and one Sugar Bowl victory during World War II. He succeeded Wade as athletic director and remained in that position until 1972. During his tenure at Duke, he served as chairman of the basketball committees of the Southern and Atlantic Coast conferences, helping to build their tournaments to national prominence. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1976.