Theodore H. Horwitz, 71, of Sunset Beach, NC passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving wife and devoted daughters.
Born in Gloversville, NY, Ted attended the University of Rochester, where he met his beloved wife, Crystal. After attending Cornell for his Masters of Public Health and Masters of Hospital Administration, he moved to Middletown, CT to become Director of Planning and subsequently, Vice President of Middlesex Memorial Hospital.
Ted went on to lead an illustrious, and often times controversial, 17 year career as President and CEO of MidState Medical Center. Regarded as a visionary, he ended his career with the completion of the state of the art facility in Meriden, CT.
Ted's passion for golf and fishing led him to Sea Trail Plantation in Sunset Beach, where he and his wife, Crys ultimately retired in 1999. He loved watching the New York Giants and was a huge Disney fan, both of which earned him the nickname "Grumpy" Grampa by his grandchildren – an affection in which he reveled.
He was predeceased by his son, Teddy, and his parents Reina and Charles. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Crystal Martin Horwitz; daughter Reina Horwitz Selby, husband Stephen and grandchildren, Sara and Anna; daughter Anya Horwitz Lyons, husband Patrick and grandchildren, Jack and Grace; granddaughter Alexandra Horwitz and her parents, daughter-in-law, Cindy Horwitz and Danny Sullivan; brother Richard W. Horwitz, wife Sandra and nephew and nieces, Marc Horwitz, wife Lisa, Stacey Horwitz and Ann Cox; sister-in-law Pam Racow, husband Bill, and nephew Adam Racow and wife Lessa.
A memorial service will be held in Meriden, CT at a later date. An online guestbook is available at www.dignitymemorial.com/coble-ward-smith-funeral-home.
Memorials may be sent in memory of Ted to MidState Medical Center c/o Development Fund, 435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, CT 06451 or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O.Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01212