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Otto R. Theurkauf 1927 - 2014

Otto R. Theurkauf

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
To the Theurkauf Family,

I had the privilege to work with Bob for many years at Scudder. It was relatively early in my career and I will always be thankful for his mentoring and kindness. He was always very approachable and willing to give any colleague or client as much of his time and expertise as they wanted. Bob was a person we would all do well to emulate. I would say the world is a lesser place without him but I know that he made it a much better place for those of us who knew him.

My condolences and best wishes,

Bill Wallace
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Dear Tina, Although I only knew Bob from the Greenwich croquet courts, from the first day I met him, he (and you) were always warm and friendly. Like Denys and me, I know many people have fond memories of him. My sympathy to you and your family. Keep those good memories close.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Dear Tina and family , I want to record two events which I shared with Bob during our working careers at Scudder.

Until I arrived at Scudder Bob had been focused on investment opportunities in the US. After several lively debates -- he always had strongly held opinions -- I not only convinced him that we should take Japanese industrial competition very seriously but that he should also accompany me on a research trip. Initially he was not too keen on the idea and he made it very clear to me that he did not wish to eat raw fish ( " don't forget , Nick, I'm a meat and potatoes man " )nor did he want to sleep on a tatami mat in a ryokan ( " the Hilton will be fine " ).But, as the saying goes , the rest is history . Bob and I had a thoroughly enjoyable and highly productive trip . He became fascinated by the country , its culture, its people and , importantly, its investment opportunities . He expanded his responsibilities at Scudder and for many years was involved with the Japan Fund , in addition to his research and managerial roles.

Almost exactly 25 years ago I was responsible for his being in China at the time of the Tiananmen Square riots . We had decided to arrange a visit to China for the board of the Scudder New Asia Fund . Unbeknownst to us, political pressures had been building up in the country and while we were in Beijing two dramas unfolded : it looked as if a popular revolution was about to break out and in the general confusion , it felt as if law and order were breaking down, Bob's passport was stolen. You were there at the time, Tina, and I remember very well how anxious you were . We had no idea how long it would take the US Embassy to issue Bob a new passport . Moreover in the tense atmosphere of the time the US embassy staff were not overly keen to be bothered with the issue of a lost passport. By the morning of our scheduled departure ( assuming the airport had not been closed ) Bob still did not have a new passport . You accompanied the rest of us to the airport -- we wanted to make sure we could leave the country before the borders were closed -- while Bob went back to the Embassy one more time in the hope of obtaining a passport. To this day I have kept a vivid image of the look of joy and relief on your face when Bob made it to Beijing airport just it time with a new passport.

Please accept my deepest condolences . Bob was a dear, wonderful man who had a profoundly positive effect on my career and life,
Friday, June 27, 2014
Dear Mr. Theurkauf … yes, I always called you Mr. Theurkauf; not necessarily because of my European background but out of my respect to who you were, to what you achieved in your life and what you represented. Eleven years is a long enough time to learn about a person. Your stern and yet gentle ways of communicating your wants and dislikes and your sense of humor, so distinct to leave a listener with an after-thought, I will miss forever. I did want to tell you some of these things in person … I did not get a chance. You left us while I was far away … I told my mother whom I was visiting at the time that I might not see you again and suddenly I cried … It was the evening of June 15.
Your leadership qualities that we all could see more of and your inquisitive, sharp mind will be dearly missed. You are an inspiration; you are a model to follow and with all your accomplishments you were such a humble individual. It was my honor to have known you. Fly high in heaven's skies …

My deepest and warmest words of sympathy to Mrs. Theurkauf, Amy, Sarah and Susan. Thinking of you all in these days of sorrow,
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Dear Tina and family,
So very sorry to hear this sad news. What a wonderful guy. We loved him and we love you. Your generosity will never be forgotten. Thinking of you and sharing your grief. Sandy, Bob, and boys
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