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Theodore, 75, passed away April 5th, 2013 at his home in San Francisco, CA after a brief hospitalization for pneumonia.
Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Ted was the son of Frank and Dorothy Lawyer. He graduated from East Rutherford High School, New Jersey, in 1955. He was an avid supporter of his two younger brothers, Allan and Charlie, in their high school sports.
Ted served two years in the Army at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. After pursuing studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Northwestern University, Ted moved West to San Francisco where he resided until his death. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature at San Francisco State University.
Ted became a buyer for Macy's California and in that capacity traveled internationally. In 1980 he joined his life partner, John H. Hershey, in Hershey Multimedia, Inc., producing media for corporate clients. For the 27 years that followed, Ted was the true backbone of the design and production firm as associate producer, creative director, business manager, scriptwriter, and inventive keeper of the company's public image.
Ted is survived by his brothers Frank and Allen, sisters-in-law Candy Lawyer and Dee Lawyer, and pre-deceased by his sister Ethel Turkington, brother Charlie, brother-in-law Austin Turkington, and sister-in-law Jean Lawyer. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Surviving Ted is his partner in work and life, John Hershey, whom Ted supported in all aspects of their life together.
Ted was an immensely talented man. He could build a darkroom, wire a house, create a beautiful garden of native CA plants, discuss philosophy, analyze politics, and make the world's best Coq au Vin. But he was a modest man and did not gladly accept well-deserved compliments.
Together Ted and John enjoyed many years of skiing at Tahoe, attending the San Francisco Symphony, and traveling to visit close friends in the South of France. He will be missed by a large extended family of friends.
At Ted's request, his ashes will be scattered privately along the Northern California Coast. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 2, 2013, at the home he and John shared in Bodega Bay.
Donations in Ted's name can be made to his favorite charities: Food for Thought (the Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank) in Forestville CA, and PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) in San Francisco, CA.
Published in The Record on Apr. 28, 2013