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Theodore B. "Ted" Belsky 1926 - 2014

Theodore B. "Ted" Belsky

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February 07, 2014
Prof. Ted Belsky taught me some of my earliest life lessons about honesty while in class at AIC. I thank him as those experiences have made a lasting impression on life. Thank you, Ted, may we meet again.
February 07, 2014
Please accept our sincere sympathies on the loss of your father. He was a wonderful man and a joy to talk to.
February 07, 2014
I called him Professor Belsky. He told me to call him Ted. We met at AIC when he was starting his oral history program. A man way ahead of his time. I thanked him when I graduated and I thank him now for what he showed me about the art of history.
Jim DesRosiers
Cape Cod
Class of 80 & 84
February 07, 2014
I will always feel profoundly grateful to Ted Belsky for being in my life. Growing up next to the Belsky family on Chapel Hill in South Hadley was something we kids all probably took for granted at the time, but in later years I grew to appreciate how much Laura and Ted contributed to our sense of stability. Later, after college when I became enamored with film, it was Ted who suggested in that casual and yet earnest way he had, that I just might find a few old photos of the Summit House to work into a documentary film. Of course as a French major I knew nothing about media, but with Ted's faith in me, I was soon off and running. The film he suggested would eventually help to save the Summit House from demolition, and inspired to to pursue a career that has held my interest for decades. I was so glad to have my own children meet him and feel that special glow he brought to all who came into his orbit. Ted was a major touchstone and inspiration in my life, and his influence will remain with me. My love and condolences to all his family and friends.
February 07, 2014
Ted, like all of the Belskys, was an important part of my father's life. He derived much pleasure from all of the you but Teddy was special. I think Teddy's academic achievements gave him more pleasure than mine. For that, I thank Teddy from the bottom of my heart.
I got involved with Democratic politics which enabled me spend time at fundraisers, rallies and other events debating and discussing with Cousin Ted. I will miss that.
Chip, Mike and Rich-I envy the time you had with Teddy. he was truly special
February 07, 2014
Professor Belsky was one of my favorite professors at AIC in the late 70's... peace to his family at this time of sorrow.
February 07, 2014
I had the great opportunity to have had Professor Belsky for a history class at AIC back in the '70s. He made learning easy and fun. Even today, when speaking with other AIC grads his name enters the conversation with all comments glowing. This is the mark of a good man.

My condolences on your loss.

Dave Choquette
February 07, 2014
Chip: my regrets and condolences to you and family on the passing of your Dad. I am privileged to have known and to have been well influenced repeatedly by him. Prayers and love.
February 06, 2014
Ted was a very active member of the South Hadley Historical Society, who I first met through my parents, Ed and Janice. When they moved to New Hampshire, he asked about them every time I saw him. Ted was an educator, like my dad, and he loved to share the history of South Hadley with anyone he met. He will be missed at our Historical Society meetings, South Hadley has lost a true ambassador.
February 06, 2014
I met Ted Belsky when I was a teenager and he was the neighbor of the Clancy family. Ted took a genuine interest in a few of us high school students. He would ask us about what we thought of high school, what interested us, and, of course, did I like history? To other parents, we were just noisy teenagers, but Ted really seemed to want us to know that he was interested in our education and our future.

Sometimes during college, when back in S. Hadley, I would see Ted. I remember talking to him in 1972, when I was working on the McGovern campaign while a student at UMASS, and Ted was campaigning in South Hadley for McGovern. He was interested in what I was doing at UMASS and I remember being so pleased by that and proud that Ted Belsky was still interested in me.

When I returned to South Hadley in 1993 after 20 years away, Ted was one of the first people who I sought out. There he was, with his warm smile and steady hand, as if he had just seen me the day before. He quickly became to me as good a friend as I could ever hope for, and now, our relationship could evolve to one of two adults just able to appreciate what we liked together about history, government, South Hadley, and the people we knew in common.

Last August, at my request, Ted gave my brother his first tour since childhood of the sites along the canal. I listened as Ted explained to my brother what happened there more than 200 years ago and what could be done now to make sure that history is preserved. He smiled at my brother, answered all his questions, and winked at me. It was a happy day for me just to be with Ted, and then for the three of us to have lunch, and talk, and talk some more about history, what can be now, and about life.

Ted Belsky was an inspiration to me for more than 40 years. My father died when I was young. As men grow up, I think they look for male figures as role models, however much they loved their own father. Ted has been that role model to me for most of my life. I will think of him every day now, and for the rest of my life.

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Ted and Laura Belsky, 2008 Ted with Gwen, Lynda, Ben Clancy - 2012

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