Deceased July 26, 2015
A gentleman sportsman, Ted died of a heart attack at his home in Southampton, N.Y., July 26. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Laura, and five children. Born in Boston, he lived most of his life on Long Island and in Hobe Sound, Fla.
He prepped for Amherst at his beloved boarding school, the Hill School, which he supported all his life, becoming a member of the board. This was the first of several nonprofit organizations he served.
At college some economic professors steered him towards investments, and after Harvard Business School, he recognized that his true passion was as an entrepreneur. Laura confirmed that his interest was in science and technology, especially where they interfaced with medicine.
After a stint on Wall Street, he landed in the company of the renowned Dr. Craig Venter and his staff at TIGR, the Institute for Genomic Research. This became his primary activity.
I would see Ted occasionally at the Racquet Club in New York, but this was sheer happenstance, since he belonged to most of the top clubs in the metropolitan area, plus the Jupiter Island Club in Florida and also St. Andrews Royal and Ancient Club in Scotland.
He served in the air force and, for a while, he had his own small plane. There came a time, Laura advised me, when she told him that either she or the plane had to go. This was occasioned by Ted coming in to land, more than once, only to be waved off by the tower, informing him that he did not have the landing gear down.
This is all lighthearted, but for our 50th reunion book, Ted did state that his religion was the framework of his life, and that the good Lord has looked kindly on him.
Gerry Reilly ’49