Edward E. Odom, 92, a retired general counsel of the Veterans Administration who spent 39 years in government service, died of cancer Feb. 16 in a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
Mr. Odom served as an Army officer during World War I. He then earned a law degree from the Westminster College of Law in Denver, and returned to the government as a civilian in 1920.
He was a training officer in the rehabilitation division of the Federal Board for Vocational Education in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico before transferring to VA headquarters here in 1926.
He was one of the organizers of the VA's guardianship service in the late 1920s, to administer the estates of deceased veterans on behalf of their beneficiaries. He was named solicitor of the VA in 1939. The position later was designated general counsel.
Mr. Odom was born in Montrose, Mo. He earned a master's degree from the University of Denver and taught in Colorado schools before World War I. He also taught while studying for his law degree.
Survivors include his wife, Olive, of the home in Arlington; a son, Edward Jr., of Bethesda; a daughter, Mrs. Gordon Blalock, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.