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Theodore C. Baer Jr.

Theodore Charles Baer Jr., 85, died on February 29, 2016, of heart failure.


Theodore, who was known as Ted, was born in Jersey City, NJ, to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore C. Baer (Alice Eggers) on March 6, 1930. He graduated from Peddie School in 1949, and from Columbia University in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He also attended Princeton University and the University of Virginia.


Ted served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1956 as a Lieutenant (JG) stationed on the USS Daly. He joined Young & Rubicam in 1956 as an account executive. He became the youngest vice president in the firm at the time, and was the account supervisor for Johnson & Johnson and General Electric. In 1969, Ted left Young & Rubicam to join his then father-in law’s firm, Gregory & Sons, and thus began his career on Wall Street. He worked as an officer at various investment houses during his career, including Bache & Co., Alex. Brown, and Dillon Read, mainly in the capacity of sales management.


He was an avid reader, mainly of military history and spy novels, and was a devoted sportsman, both observing and participating. Mr. Baer loved watching Yankees baseball and Giants football, and enjoyed sailing, fishing and bird hunting. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Mashomack Preserve Club, where he also served on the board of governors and the library committee. Ted split his time between his home in Millbrook, NY, and Manhattan, but lived in Millbrook primarily in the final years of his life.


Ted is survived by his wife, Dora; son, Gregory and daughters-in-law Felicia and Laurie; and grandchildren Marilyn, Elise, Grace and Ted IV. He was predeceased by his siblings Jane, Alice and James; his first wife, Anne Gregory, and their son, Theodore C. Baer III. A memorial service was held on April 21, 2016, at St. Thomas More Church in New York City.

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