After a long and healthy life, Ted passed away on October 22, 2017, at the age of 86. He was born in Calgary, where he attended Strathcona‑Tweedsmuir School, and went on to St. Michaels University School in Victoria, BC. Ted received his BSF’58 from UBC and his master’s in Forestry (’68) from the University of Georgia, USA. Shortly after graduating from UBC, Ted married Phyllis Thompson (BA’59, UBC; MEd’76) and moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where Ted worked as a Research Scientist in Silviculture and Fire for Canada Department of Forestry. In 1974, missing the beauty and climate of BC, Ted and Phyllis with their children, Arthur (BSc in Agriculture ’85, UBC; MDiv’89; DMin’13) and Jacqueline (Dip. in Animal Technology ’87; BSc in Zoology ’98), moved to Vancouver where Ted had accepted the position of Forestry instructor at BCIT. In 1990, Ted retired and did some consulting work in forest fire behaviour for both a forestry college and a private company in South Africa.
Ted had a very full and satisfying life working in research and teaching; helping establish BCIT’s Retiree Association, where he held multiple positions through the years; travelling extensively; researching his family history; gardening; and just enjoying his children and grandchildren: Jean May, Jonathan, Breyden and Jaryn. Ted will be greatly missed by all his family.