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ARVED TELEKI

TELEKI--Arved, passed away on September 18, 2013, in Houston, Texas. Son of the late Count Arved Teleki and Countess Suzanne Kovacs Teleki, Arved was born in Cluj, Romania (formerly Kolozsvar, Hungary) on June 6, 1929. His was a true American immigrant story. At the age of fifteen, he escaped certain oppression under communism, leaving on foot, in the midst of war, with only a suitcase. He emigrated to Switzerland and then the United States, where he built a new life in New York and then Houston. He was always grateful for the opportunity he found in his adopted homeland, and his larger-than-life personality made him a natural Texan. Arved married Ruth Shipley MacMahon in 1966, and together they raised four daughters. The family's best memories are of the adventures he led in the tradition of his Transylvanian upbringing, especially hikes in the mountains of Big Bend and long sunrise walks on the beach. A noted economist and advisor in the oil and gas industry, Arved began his career at Union Carbide. In 1967, he founded Hydrocarbon Consultants, Inc., which he led for 35 years. He was then Chief Economist at Chemical Market Associates, Inc., until, at the age of 82, he "took early retirement." He was educated at the Rosenberg Academy in Switzerland, Heidelberg College in Ohio, and Harvard College, from which he graduated in 1953. Arved was dedicated to his family and was a mentor to many. He is remembered for his contagious passion for and encyclopedic knowledge of history, politics, and world affairs; his eloquence, integrity, and work ethic; his spiritual connection to the outdoors, his lifelong support of Hungarian causes; and above all, his love for life. He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 47 years; his four daughters: Adrienne of Brooklyn, NY; Stephanie of Piedmont, CA; Alix and Katharine of Austin, TX; their families, including five grandchildren; and his brother Deneb of Rio Rancho, NM. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages support of Hungarian education in Transylvania, a cause that was dear to him. Donations can be made in his name to the Calvin Synod School Fund, P.O. Box 36141, Canton, Ohio, 44735. Memorial services in Houston and West Virginia will be announced at a later date.


Published in The New York Times on Sept. 22, 2013
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