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Theodore Lauer "Ted" Rhyne


1944 - 2018 Notice Condolences
Rhyne, Theodore Lauer "Ted" Passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018. Ted is survived by his younger brother, Joseph (Lou) C. Rhyne, older brother, George (Kathie) W. Rhyne, his loving wife Kiran, nephews Aneesh, Arjun, Maneesh, Abhishek, Joe, Trey, and nieces Heather, Kristy, Kelly, and Ayesha. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Ted was born on August 31, 1944 to Col. George W. Rhyne and Vivien Lauer Rhyne. He grew up in a military family and they moved up and down the east coast of the US. He graduated from high school in Virginia and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from which he ultimately earned a Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering. He met his wife, Kiran B. Sagar, who was in training to become a cardiologist, while working on his Doctorate and doing research at Massachusetts General Hospital on tissue characterization using ultrasound. They were married on May 2, 1981. Ted became an expert in LORAN navigation systems with a west coast firm and then accepted his Army officer commission in 1968. He worked at Ft. Monmouth, NJ on a classified system used to detect movement on jungle trails in Vietnam. Upon leaving the Army, Ted returned to MIT to complete his Master's and ScD programs. He then worked for Bolt, Beranek and Newman on classified systems. He became concerned that he didn't have a resume that he could talk about and reentered the civilian work force in 1984 by joining Marquette Medical Systems in Milwaukee as a "Director of Research and Development" focusing on ultrasound imaging. In 1990 he joined GE Medical Systems to work in the same area. Recognized as a leading industry expert in ultrasound imaging of human tissue, he also held many patents and published numerous scholarly journal articles. After Ted retired, he and his wife traveled frequently and continued to open their home to many family members and friends. In addition to a wonderful sense of humor, he loved to play the banjo and was gifted at fixing things around the house and tinkering with electronic devices. This started at a young age when he would fix broken toys for his younger brother. He collected many gadgets. He loved to attend opera and classical music concerts with his wife. A memorial service honoring Ted's life will be held at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Drive, in Shorewood, WI on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00PM, followed by a reception at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to or to the Alzheimer's Research and Education Fund at the Northwestern University Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC).
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 16, 2018
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