GREGORY, THEODORE "TED" OSMER, 82, died peacefully of natural causes at the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland on February 17, 2014. Born in Ferndale, Sullivan County, New York on April 2, 1931 Ted was the son of Edson Alva Gregory and Beulah Dutton Gregory. Edson Alva was the founder and proprietor of the Mongaup Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. Ted's younger years were full of activity. In addition to schooling, he participated in sports year round along with working at his family's hotel and associated farm. Ted graduated from Liberty High School in 1948 having displayed a talent for math and athletics. While at Liberty he lettered in football, baseball and track. He set a shot put record that stood for twenty-three years. In 1948, Ted entered the United States Military Academy at West Point where he lettered in football, playing for the legendary Army coach Red Blaik and against top teams of the day USC and Georgia Tech. Following graduation from West Point in 1952, Ted married Eleanor Gookin of Washington DC and started a family. He chose the artillery branch of service and served in the U.S. Army for thirty years, rising to the rank of full colonel. During his first tour of Korea he was awarded the Bronze Star. Assignments included foreign tours of Korea (1954 and 1967), Germany (1958-60), Vietnam (1971) as well as continental US locations West Point NY, Fort Sill OK(3x), the University of Southern California (where he earned a Master's in Mechanical Engineering), Annapolis MD, Fort Leavenworth KS, Fort Hood TX (Artillery Battalion Commander), the Pentagon, Aberdeen Proving Grounds MD, the US Army War College in Carlisle PA and the Army Ammunition Plant in Radford VA. Ted's career included assignments at two service academies, the U.S. Military Academy (1953) as an aide to the Commandant of Cadets and the U.S. Naval Academy (1964-66) as an engineering instructor. USNA responsibilities, in a bit of interservice humor, included teaching sailing to incoming midshipmen. After retirement in 1982, the family settled in Severna Park, MD. Ted was involved in the community, serving on the local Round Bay community board and tutoring Spanish at Anne Arundel Community College. He remained physically active throughout his life participating in tennis, squash (Fort Hood base champion), sail and power boating, running, and recumbent cycling. Ted was mechanically inclined and enjoyed working with his hands. Avocations included the creation of utilitarian objects/furniture for the shop and home, extensive DIY home repair (e.g. replacing the roof) and auto maintenance (e.g. replacing engines). Ted spent many an hour assisting his sons with the repair of their automobiles. Ted is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Eleanor (Ellie) Curtis Gookin Gregory; three devoted children, Edson (Ted) Theodore Gregory of Alexandria, VA, Anne Elizabeth Gregory of Palo Alto, CA, and Stephen (Steve) Arthur Gregory of Severna Park, MD; brother Arthur (Art) Archer Gregory of Binghamton NY, a WWII veteran; relatives, friends and West Point classmates. A memorial service will be held at Fort Myer along with interment at the Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ted's name to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.
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Published in The Capital on Mar. 20, 2014