Waterford - Edward "Ted" Harry Wiseman, 78, died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Crescent Point, Niantic.
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Ted was born Nov. 14, 1934, and married Jean Pigott on Aug. 10, 1957 in Portsmouth England. After graduating from Birmingham University, UK with his Ph.D in organic chemistry, he spent a year at Ohio State University. Ted joined Pfizer Central Research in Groton in 1961 and retired in 1998.
At Pfizer his career started as a chemist and then moved into biochemistry, then pharmacology. He later became director of pharmacology and then participated in merging all the Pfizer research sites in Sandwich, UK, Amboise, France, and Nagoya, Japan. Ted and his team of researchers discovered and developed Feldene, Pfizer's first billion dollar product.
He became executive director and was responsible for enlarging the Groton campus and providing security and fire services, health services, and providing construction and maintenance of some one million square feet of new laboratories and support elements.
After retiring in 1998, Ted spent four years as a consultant for Pfizer. Once his consultant days were over, he spent the majority of his time with Jean traveling, spending time with family, collecting stamps and gardening.
Ted in his early days enjoyed playing soccer and refereeing. For 10 years, he was in a barbershop chorus and sang most of the comic baritone roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with the East Lyme Arts Council.
Ted is survived by his wife, Jean; and four sons, Karl Wiseman and wife, Mitzi, of Houston, Texas, Paul Wiseman and wife, Tracy, Neil Wiseman and wife, Debbie, and David Wiseman and wife, Kari, all of Waterford.
"Papa" as his grandchildren called him, loved spending time with Jordan, Taylor; Victoria, Jake; Taylor, Ryan, Derek, Nicola; Adyson and Brady.
There will be a "Celebration of Life" held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 400 Main St., Niantic.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:
CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Hwy., Rocky Hill, CT 06067, Vitas Hospice Services, 628 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, CT or donate online www.vitas.com/community/Donate.
Condolence messages may be left on Mr. Wiseman's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand St Niantic, CT 06357
Published in The Day on Sept. 15, 2013