DONALD LEE TETER, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday January 26, 2012 at the age of 86.
Don was born May 21, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois where he spent his childhood before moving to Fort Worth, Texas during high school. Don graduated from Rice University and worked in Baytown as a Chemical Engineer for many years while also becoming an active member of the community. Don spent two years serving his country in the Navy.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Harry Teter and Jeanette Marks Teter, his brother Burton Teter and his daughter Barbara Teter. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gertrude Moskowitz Teter, his daughter and son-in-law Joan and Ruben Linares, his granddaughters Jamie, Leah, and Alyssa Linares and honorary grandson Cheto Cerda, as well as many cousins and relatives.
Don was an active member, leader and in some cases founder of many organizations including the Sterling Library Adult Literacy Program, STAR program at Harlem Elementary, AARP Tax Aid Program, Country Club Oaks Civic Association, Cystic Fibrosis Bike-a-thon and MS150, Texas Jewish Historical Society, Baytown Historical Museum, Baytown Jaycees, Baytown Opportunity Center, Congregation K'Nesseth Israel, Congregation Emanu El, and the Houston Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
Don was an engineer, an athlete, a supporter, a leader, a volunteer, an author, a historian, an explorer, an entertainer and an innovator. He enjoyed traveling, trying new things, and above all else spending precious moments with his family. He was a truly remarkable man and will be terribly missed by those lucky enough to have had him touch their lives.
The family would like to thank everyone who has been helpful in Don's care: Ben Reilly, Kim and Fred Hall, Dr. James Bernick, Luz Gonzalez, Margarita Sustaita, Joyce Steinle, Barbara Hall, Bonnie Soliz, Sherri Grant, Carol Mendolovitz and the Faith Community Hospice of Baytown.
Funeral services will take place on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 12:30pm at the Congregation Emanu El Cemetery, 8341 Bissonet, Houston, Texas 77096. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Congregation K.Nesseth Israel, P.O. Box 702 Baytown, TX 77522 or other charity of your choice.

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Donald Teter fit the old adage " A Scholar and a Gentleman" in every sense of the word. I am qualified to make such judgement because Don and I became roommates in 1943, joined the Navy together, went thru Boot Camp together, then were college roommates again until we graduated in 1948. Don's generosity was a tremendous asset to his neighborhood, his community, and all his friends.
To know Don was to know his family for whom I have great admiration and appreciation. My deepest sympathy is extended to them.
Betty and I shall be forever grateful to Don and Gertrude for their faithful friendship.
Hundley Rankin
February 1, 2012
We are sad to learn of Don's death and grateful for all the lovely times we shared at the Texas Jewish Historical Society meetings. His memory is certainly a blessing for all who knew him. We send our condolences to Gert and all the family.
Helen & Larry Wilk
January 30, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. What a sweet, gentle, kind person, as well as a "man of all seasons" in his many abilities and activities. His skill in genealogy was particularly astounding to me. My highest sympathy to all the family.
Rosemary Silversteen
January 30, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. It was so nice to have seen you both at the symphany in December.
Patti Hill
January 30, 2012
Don Teter was a blessing to all he met and served with distinction and honor on the board of Clayton Library Friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Alice Braud-Jones
January 29, 2012
We have lost a true gentleman, and friend. I am very sorry to learn
of Don's passing. I have so many good memories of Don and
his dedication to genealogy. Liz Hicks
Liz Hicks
January 29, 2012
Don Teter was a true and honorable individual ... I had the pleasure to work with him for more than 10 years on mutual projects related to Houston Jewish Cemetery Preservation Projects ... recently, the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC, honored him with the Judah P. Benjamin Award for Community Service and Historic Preservation … I will miss his knowledge and support ... and our occasional lunches at Shade in the Heights … He and his dear wife researched and wrote the book "Jewish Burials in Texas" which was a benchmark in Jewish research as well as the indexing of the Jewish Herald Voice newspaper for life cycle events … He has left a remarkable legacy for researchers … God bless him and his family … he was a true gentleman ….
Lynna Kay Shuffield
January 29, 2012
Don's life was truly inspirational, and it touched both individuals who knew him and those who benefit from the many parts of the community he served and cared for. In these ways, Don will always be part of our lives.

Corky and I send our heartfelt condolences to his entire family.
Mary Sue Bloomfield
January 29, 2012
I know this is really difficult,may the gentle warmth of memories heal your heart and bring you peace.
barbara hall
January 28, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our pain and sorrow give you all the needed endurance to continue to go one day to next. Psalms 46:1
January 28, 2012
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