VAN BEUREN--Theodore. Theodore Wildman "Teddy" van Beuren, outdoorsman, philanthropist, and lover of people, died in a car accident on June 26, 2021, in Shohola, Pennsylvania, after an evening of fly fishing with his father. He was 38 years old. TVB, as he was called by friends, was a force of nature who lived life fully and colorfully. A lover of music and dancing, he walked through life with a spring in his step and a song in his head. He always had an adventure around the corner, whether gathering friends around the bonfire at his farm in Shohola or embarking on a three-week fly fishing trek through the American West. "He was always the biggest personality in the room, but never made anyone feel small," a close friend said. His life philosophy of radical optimism was rooted in deep faith, and he was a member at Trinity Grace Church. Teddy was a connector of people and a builder of community. He considered himself a "bridge" and was dedicated to lifting up his friends, of which there are thousands. Over the years, he has mentored dozens of young men and women as they started their careers and made a life practice of introducing good people to other good people. Teddy most recently founded BLDRS, which connects entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators to collaborate and achieve that which could not be done alone. He truly believed that if you want to go far, go together. He was a high-energy individual: an Ironman athlete, six-time marathoner, and longtime triathlete. Teddy captained both the Hill School and Princeton University men's soccer teams, and at Princeton, he was Vice President of the University Cottage Club. He received his MBA from Columbia Business School with high honors this past spring. His kindness and generosity led to a philanthropic journey to Africa after college graduation, working with Kisumu street orphans in Kenya. Recently, Teddy chaired the New York City board for StreetSoccer USA and was a key organizer for the Harboring Hearts Foundation. His career started in film; he then became an entrepreneur; and most recently, he was an Executive Vice President at Lazard Asset Management. Teddy was a collector at heart. He collected people, books, fine art, music, and experiences. As a member of the New York Anglers Club and the Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club, his love of the outdoors and fly fishing in particular drove his quest for adventure. He is survived by his parents, Ted and Judy van Beuren, and his siblings, Mikey and Libby van Beuren, as well as by his ex-wife, Annie Kate Reeder. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Teddy's name to: Street Soccer USA: https://www.streetsoccerusa.org/tvb/
or to: Harboring Hearts: harboringhearts.org/
Published by New York Times on Jul. 7, 2021.