Ted A. Kaitchuck

Chicago, Illinois

1933 - 2018


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Ted Allen Kaitchuck was born in Chicago on November 25, 1933 as the twin son of William and Lillian Kaitchuck. His mother loved the violin and decided to name them "Theodore" and "Thomas" after Theodore Thomas, who was the originator of what is now The Chicago Symphony...

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Jean and I are so sorry to hear of Ted's passing. He and I were both high school orchestra directors, violists, and long-time members of the Grant Park Orchestra. We'll remember with special fondness the smelt dinners he and Donna, Jean and I shared annually at Greek Islands. His was a generous spirit, kind and assuming the very best about the hundreds of musicians he worked with as colleague and personnel manager in Chicago.

Ted, Frank, Charles and Lincoln Hall Harry were main reasons that I have been in music all my life. With condolences to his loved ones and gratitude for all he touched through his dedication and generosity. Thank you.

He was a wonderful husband and father. We shared 57 years of wedded bliss. He was a gentleman with a remarkable memory of everyone he met and was especially proud of all of his students. He will be forever missed by his loving wife, Donna and family.

While I never had Mr Kaitchuck for any classes while I was at Niles West, he was a friendly face in the music department that i grew fond of seeing.

I spent many happy hours helping Mr Winkler and grew familiar with other members in the department I particularly remember Mr Kaitchuck's warm smile and helpful answers about music...

I loved the violin and singing, but couldn't read a note of music... it was very frustrating and he was kind and understanding.

I hope his family realizes how many of his students were touched in such a positive, significant manner by Mr. Kaitchuck's caring guidance. He will certainly be missed!

When I was in 3rd grade at Morton Grove's Edison School, Mr. Kaitchuck guided me to choose the clarinet to express my interest in music. Through a decade of music activity, he was my junior high and high school orchestra director and though I spent more time with band, he worked with me and outside teachers to refine my tone. Through it all, he made musical study fun and beautiful. A passionate and a good man.

Mr. Kaitchuck was my orchestra director at Niles West. He was a warm and dedicated mentor with an infectious love for music. I admired him and will miss him.

Starting as a 4th grader at Kenton Elementary School and through Niles East High School in Skokie, I had the good fortune to be taught violin by Mr. Kaitchuk. I still have my old sheet music filled with his markings. He was a patient, kind, and dignified person who I remember fondly. My condolences to his family and to all those who shared in his music-making through the years.