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Theodore Blumenstock

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Theodore (Ted) Blumenstock, 76, died January 4. He was born in New York City in 1936, and grew up in Queens, New York. His mother, Paula Mogelefsky, immigrated from Ukraine, and his father, Nathan Blumenstock, immigrated from Poland. Ted was an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. He went to Brooklyn Tech High School in Brooklyn, NY, where he was president of his high school class, captain of the swimming team, and a lifeguard on Long Island during the summertime, where he would often ride his motorcycle. Ted received academic, swimming, and ROTC scholarships to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he studied mechanical engineering. He enrolled in ROTC, was on the varsity swim team, captain of Hoofers (ski, sailing, etc. club) and received the Tau Beta Pi award for outstanding academic achievement. In 1958, he met Pauline Rosenthal, and they fell in love at first sight during a blind date over donuts. After dating for approximately a year and a half, they married in 1959.After graduating UW, he worked at Proctor & Gamble as a mechanical engineer in Cincinnati, OH. Shortly thereafter, Ted enlisted in the U.S. Army, and trained as a helicopter pilot and tank commander. Also, he participated on the Army swim team. Ted was sent to South Korea in 1960, and fulfilled his duties as a helicopter pilot. He returned stateside in 1961, and moved to Falls Church, VA. In 1962, Ted began studying patent law at George Washington University and worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Copyright and Trademark Office. After graduating law school in 1966, he worked as a patent attorney, but Ted's passion for people led him into technical sales, where he excelled at selling scanning electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, and related instrumentation for several years. A chance meeting led him into the photovoltaic industry, where he worked at Solarex and Integrated Power for approximately 20 years, rising to senior positions in marketing and sales. During this time period, he traveled worldwide. Afterwards, Ted sold long term care insurance until 1994, and then landed a position at Legg Mason as a financial adviser, where he remained for approximately 15 years, until retiring in 2009. He was active in his community as a president of BBT, basketball coach, Boy Scout leader, Temple Solel board member, and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra board member. Ted enjoyed sailing, skiing, golfing, tennis, dancing, and poker. For his 70th birthday, he went skydiving. He is survived by his beloved wife, Pauline, and his three children, Michael, Susan, and David. Also surviving are a brother, Ed Blumenstock (Belle Huang), and a sister, Diane Lipson (Marty). A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, at Temple Solel, 2901 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzeimer's Association, 1950 York Rd., Suite D, Timonium, MD 21903 or your . Arrangements by Borgwardt Funeral Home, Beltsville.

Published in The Capital on Jan. 8, 2013
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