Doty, Ted C.
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Ted Clifton Doty, 89, of Naples Florida, passed away November 6, 2013 at The Chateau in Moorings Park. Ted was born in Portland, IN to Elizabeth and George C. Doty. He graduated from Central High School, Muncie in 1942 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He was selected for the Army Specialized Training Program at Texas A&M University, which was later disbanded in the spring of 1944. Ted returned to the 103rd Infantry replacement company and was shipped to Southern France in the late summer of 1944. He saw combat and was captured by the Germans in November 1944 at Dambach, Alsace Lorraine and subsequently was held as a prisoner of war at Stalag VIIA at Moosburg Germany, was liberated on April 29, 1945, returned to the U.S. and discharged on November 29, 1945. Continuing his education he graduated from Indiana University in 1948 with a BS in Finance.
In June of 1948, he married Joycelyn Cox. Together they raised a daughter Jeanne Ellen and son, Thomas Andrew. After 41 years of marriage, Joy passed away April 3, 1989 after a lengthy illness. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brothers Carl, Myron, twin brother Ned and sister, Mildred Jean Renfro Jordan Todd.
Ted joined General Electric Company on their Financial Management Program in Syracuse, NY, 1948-1950. He was selected for their Traveling Auditor Staff in Schenectady, NY, 1950-1954, following which he was appointed to various Financial Management positions in GE Corporate Finance, Schenectady, 1954-1973. He became Chief Financial Officer of GE Special Systems & Products Group in Fairfield, CT, 1973-1978 and was appointed Financial Executive in GE Corporate Finance operation in Fairfield, CT, 1978-1984. He retired on October 1, 1984.
Upon retirement, the Wilderness Country Club in Naples became their second home and permanent residency was established in Florida in 1984. In May of 1992, Ted married Jean Schoenhals Wastell of Fairfield, CT. Golf, cruises and travel became their life-style and enjoying the many friendships at the Wilderness. Ted did volunteer work as well, driving for Help on Wheels and working for Habitat for Humanity.
In January 2009, Ted was notified by Pierre Vimont, the French ambassador to the U.S. that he had been named a "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor. He stated "This award testifies to the President of the French Republic's high esteem for your merits and accomplishments. In particular, it is a sign of France's true and unforgettable gratitude and appreciation for your personal, precious contribution to the United States' decisive role in the liberation of our country during World War II." This award ceremony took place on March 28, 2009.
Ted was a long-time member of Naples United Church of Christ and Greenfield Hill Congregational Church of Fairfield, CT. He is survived by his loving wife and care-giver, Jean, daughter, Jeanne Chasen (Kenneth) of Wake Forest, NC, and son, Tom of Ft. Meyers, FL. Also his step-daughter, Connie Fulton of Bridgeport, CT and six step-grandchildren; Michelle Foldy (Tom) of Bridgeport, CT; Christian Ashelford of Nantucket, MA; Edward & Ryan Wastell of White Plains, NY; Vanessa Fulton of Newtown, CT, and Victoria Fulton of Bridgeport, CT. There are also three step-great grandchildren, Christian, Morgan & Samantha Ashelford.
A memorial celebration of Ted's life was held on Wednesday, November 13th at 10:30AM at Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road in Naples. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Fairfield, CT at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Music Gift Fund at Naples United Church of Christ or to a
The family would also like to express their thanks to his care givers and staff at Orchid Terrace and The Chateau at Moorings Park.
Published in Fairfield Citizen from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29, 2013