Theodore H. Horwitz

SUNSET BEACH, N.C. - Theodore H. Horwitz, 71, of Sunset Beach, N.C. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan.2, 2013, following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving wife and devoted daughters.

Born in Gloversville, N.Y., Ted attended the University of Rochester, where he met his beloved wife, Crystal. After attending Cornell for his masters of public health and masters of hospital administration, he moved to Middletown, Conn., to become director of planning and subsequently, vice president of Middlesex Memorial Hospital. Ted went on to lead an illustrious, and often times controversial, 17 year career as president and CEO of MidState Medical Center. Regarded as a visionary, he ended his career with the completion of the state of the art facility in Meriden. Ted's passion for golf and fishing led him to Sea Trail Plantation in Sunset Beach, N.C. where he and his wife, Crys ultimately retired in 1999. He loved watching the New York Giants and was a huge Disney fan, both of which earned him the nickname "Grumpy" Grampa by his grandchildren – an affection in which he reveled. He was predeceased by his son, Teddy, and his parents, Reina and Charles.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Crystal Martin Horwitz; daughter, Reina Horwitz Selby, husband, Stephen and grandchildren, Sara and Anna; daughter, Anya Horwitz Lyons, husband, Patrick and grandchildren, Jack and Grace; granddaughter, Alexandra Horwitz and her parents, daughter-in-law, Cindy Horwitz and Danny Sullivan; brother, Richard W. Horwitz, wife, Sandra and nephew and nieces, Marc Horwitz, wife, Lisa, Stacey Horwitz and Ann Cox; sister-in-law, Pam Racow, husband, Bill, and nephew, Adam Racow and wife, Lessa.

A memorial service will be held in Meriden, at a later date. An online guestbook is available at www.dignitymemorial.com/coble-ward-smith-funeral-home. Memorials may be sent in memory of Ted to MidState Medical Center c/o Development Fund, 435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, CT 06451 or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O.Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01212.

Funeral Home

White Funeral Service
603 Ocean Highway Supply, NC 28462
(910) 754-6848

Published in The Record-Journal on Jan. 5, 2013