Captain Theodore (Ted) Phillip Ebert Judd
Captain Theodore (Ted) Phillip Ebert Judd (75) flew west on his final check ride Sunday, April 6, 2014, after a two-year fight with cancer.He was born to Theodore Fredrik Phillip Ebert and Doris Marie Hoerr on July 7, 1938, in Canton, Ohio. In 1946, when his mother remarried, he was adopted by her new husband, Lewis Barnum Judd.
While his adopted father was in the Air Force, Ted attended eight elementary schools in six different states, ranging from Railroad Pass, Nevada, to Arlington, Virginia.He graduated from Hempstead High School on Long Island, NY, and attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in transportation. Upon graduation he served as an officer on various U.S. cargo and cruise ships sailing primarily to ports in Europe, South America, and the United States.He also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 12 years.
When he left the sea, he learned to fly, at one time serving as the rush-hour traffic reporter flying over what has been called the world's longest parking lot, the Long Island Expressway, letting commuters know they had a long wait before they got home for dinner.
In 1967 Ted joined Eastern Air Lines as a first officer/flight engineer.He eventually retired as a captain on the B-727 with 18,000 hours of flying time primarily in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In his last ten years with Eastern he was a volunteer spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association, making presentations on flight safety to civic and industrial organizations and before Congress.Twice he received the ALPA president's national safety award. In 1982 he was requested to serve on a Congressional task force with the National Transportation Safety Board investigating the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in the snow-covered Potomac River. In recognition of his flight safety work, he was unanimously named as an official captain of industry by the U.S. Senate.
Ted married Barbara Austin Byers in 1975.When they retired to Tallahassee in 1990 they knew only two people in the city. They both agreed that volunteering was the best way to meet people and get involved in the community. Ted became a certified mediator for the Common Claims Court and volunteered at the Junior Museum, now the Tallahassee Museum, and was a distinguished president of the Optimist Club of Tallahassee and a regional vice president in the State of Florida.
Ted helped create the Police Department's Disabled Parking Patrol, where he volunteered for 15 years, and with his wife founded the Democratic Club of North Florida.He has been president of the Patrons Board of the FSU School of Theater, membership vice president of Theater Tallahassee, president of the Tallahassee Theater Guild, and a board member of the Lighthouse of the Big Bend.
As a founding member of Acting Up, the acting group for persons 60 and over in Tallahassee, he had leading roles in three of their major public productions, and has also acted in 30 films produced by students in the FSU film school.He has received the Ralph Cook Award from Theater Tallahassee for dedication to theater in Tallahassee and the Lifetime Leadership Award, presented for the first time this year by the FSU College of Visual Arts, Theater and Dance. He was also named as a 2014 Silver Star winner by the Tallahassee Senior Center for his volunteer service to the community.The official Silver Star Award ceremony will be held on May 22; however, a special ceremony in his honor was held at the Westminster Oaks retirement community two weeks prior to his death.
Ted has received several awards over the years from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for service to his class and has been an official Academy recruiter the past 24 years.In addition to his volunteer activities, Ted has been an avid traveler. He and his wife have visited more than 105 countries throughout the world, traveling primarily by ship to all seven continents.
Captain Judd was predeceased by his first wife, Carol Ann McCauley; his father, mother and step-father, and two brothers, Raymond Theodore Fredrik Ebert and Kenneth George Judd.He is survived by his wife Barbara, his brothers Robert Lewis Judd (Barbara) of Loganton, PA and Donald Harry Judd (Sharon) of Phoenix, AZ; his sister Danielle Ebert Hooper of Oklahoma City, OK; his daughter, Lisa Susan Rodarmel, and two grandchildren, Jonathan Taylor Propp and Samantha Caroline Rodarmel, all of Youngsville, NC; and two step-sons, Robert McCauley and Michael McCauley, both of Boynton Beach, FL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee 32308, or Leon County Humane Society, 413 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee 32312.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2014