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Capt Theodore Halsey "Ted" Black
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1928
New Canaan
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 2006, USA

Black, Theodore Halsey
DOB 10/22/1928 ~DOD 6/28/2006 Jersey City, NJ
Theodore Black was the sort of leader who welcomed a good debate. ""I could argue with him until I was blue, and sometimes I won and sometimes I lost, but he always valued another opinion,"" recalled Dick Johnson, a retired Ingersoll executive. Mr. Black, who was born in Jersey City and whose military service achieved him Naval Aviator status, died Wednesday at the age of 77 following a brief illness. Mr. Black joined Woodcliff Lake-based Ingersoll Rand, a major industrial equipment maker, in 1957, rising through the ranks to become chairman, president and chief executive officer in 1988. He held those posts until his retirement in 1993, remaining on the board of directors until 1997. Johnson, a former executive director of public affairs who retired in 2000 after 19 years at the company, said Mr. Black, ""was a very good guy, with a marvelous sense of humor."" Among Mr. Black's signature accomplishments was the creation of two successful joint ventures with Dresser Corp., one for large turbine equipment and the other for pumps. ""Dresser was a competitor, and in those days nobody thought along the lines of a joint venture with a competitor,"" Johnson said. Mr. Black served with the United States Marine Corp., 2d Marine Division, from 1946 to 1949, then received an appointment to the United State Naval Academy. He continued his service with the United States Marine Corps Aviation, 2d Marine Airwing, from 1953 to 1957, achieving the rank of captain and Naval Aviator status. Johnson recalled that Black arrived in Annapolis several months before his classes were to begin at the academy. ""So he just went into the library and read, and read, and read everything he could get his hands on. He was quite broad in his knowledge, and I think those months always stood him in good stead. He was really a treasure to work for,"" Johnson said. Herbert L. Henkel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ingersoll said Mr. Black guided the company through tough economic times in the early 1990s to ""deliver solid financial and operational performance."" ""He was a true leader in service to the nation, to our communities, and to our company, and he established a legacy that we are proud to carry forward,"" Henkel said. Mr. Black was a knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and served numerous other philanthropies, including the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; March of Dimes; United Way; Boy Scouts of America, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed tennis and golf. He lived in New Canaan, Conn., and is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and children Deborah Coldwell of Katonah, N.Y.; Susan Black of Boulder, Colo.; Zelda Cahill and Carol Bates of Nantucket, Mass.; Brian Foy of Houston, Texas, and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his children Marilyn Gray and Theodore Black Jr. Services will be 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan, Conn 
Created by: Jack Davison
Record added: Sep 10, 2012
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Capt Theodore Halsey Ted Black
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 Added: Sep. 11, 2012

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