Theodore Andrew Struve, 86 liked to put tabasco sauce on watermelon. This man had a zest for life and loved the others around him! He wanted your attention or simply wanted to be the hit of the party. Ted, long time Evanston, IL resident, died April 5, 2021 at his winter home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Ted was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on June 30, 1934 as the middle child of the late Helmut Andrew Struve & Eleanor Rinebold Struve. He was preceded in death by his older sister Eleanor "Ellie" and his younger brother, William "Billy." Oddly he did not speak until he was five years old. After that he made up for lost time. He charmed us with eighty one more years of talking, and more importantly, a life full of intense listening and comprehension. At an early age the family moved to Winnetka, IL. In 1940 he was part of the first class at the innovative and at the time controversial Crow Island school. He worked through school at the family (Klingemann) run Indian Trail Tea Room in Winnetka. This curious young man graduated from New Trier high school in 1952. This walking paradox was both an outstanding NTHS chess player and wrestler. Ted was awarded a wrestling scholarship at Northwestern University. In college, he wrestled with former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and NU legend Ken Kraft. After earning his degree in Civil Engineering he got a job offer from Chevron in San Francisco. Simultaneously he had a budding relationship with another former NTHS graduate and Dennison undergraduate, Gail Reinholtzen. Three weeks before accepting the job offer he got an ultimatum from his future life partner. Ted did not call the bluff and the proposal was accepted. His future father-in-law was a dentist and unceremoniously pulled all their wisdom teeth just before the July 6, 1957 wedding. Fast forward to Northern California, old timers at Chevron were aghast when this upstart engineer bought a Mill Valley home for an exorbitant sum of $19,000. A few years later after two sons arrived, they moved south to Manhattan beach to live the life of fun and surf...and gaining experience at Chevron. In 1963 he was awarded a full fellowship to attend Northwestern Univ Industrial Engineering department for his doctorate. His interest was Planning, Programming and Budgeting for topics like Education. His dissertation was Capital Programming. He simultaneously planted roots in Evanston as the city, community, and nation were going through many upheavals and changes. After hurdling graduate school he worked under tutelage of executive Benjamin Heineman at C&NW Railway. After satisfying his urge to ride the rails, he moved his family and offered the Cleveland V.P. position at Litton Industries. Litton built barges and huge ore carriers on the Great Lakes. After a three year stint and knowing the Cuyahoga river could combust again, Ted & Gail felt the pull back to Evanston. The proximity to grandparents and being part of a progressive, diverse community would leave a positive mark on his family. His career was on an upward trajectory as the president of Midwest Management Company, an old line manufacturer of window components for buses, rail, and shipping industries. After a long career of late night meetings, bad hotel food, he elected to make another career change and follow his underlying passion for the stock market and numbers. In an ironic twist, he got a taste of the equity markets working for O'Connor & Associates and side-by-side with his older son, Clayton. He joined Kidder Peabody brokerage firm in the "go-go" 90s and worked there until he retired in 2000. He was a patron of the arts and history in Evanston and never missed a 4th of July parade. He was intensely patriotic and always reminded us how to display the flag. Besides curling up with a good book, he was also an avid supporter and volunteer at the flag ceremonies for the Evanston Arts Festival on the lagoon. Most of all he cared about his family and is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gail Reinholtzen Struve and two sons Clayton Andrew (Donna) and Matthew Edwin (Susan). Loving grandfather to five grandchildren, one great grandchild and many loving nieces and nephews.
Memorials at the following Evanston institutions: Art Center, History Center, and Library. Burial at Irving Park Cemetery will be private.
Published by Chicago Tribune on May 30, 2021.