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“I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Ted Stern when I worked in the development arm of Johns Hopkins. I visited Ted and Alva, and then...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Amy Gillenson - New York, NY

“I had the honour and pleasure to know Captain Stern when i was a young LTJG (SC)doing a practical training period in the Supply Center Charleston SC...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Santiago & Isabel Díaz

“Your love will ease the pain. ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: Tippy


4 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear TippyWe were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I always respected your dad and had the opportunity to visit with him before Christmas. He...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Lee HERSHON - Charleston

“The Center for Heirs' Property Preservation regrets deeply the loss of such a great and good man and will be presenting it's 2013 "Commitment to...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Tish Lynn - Charleston, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Odyssey Hospice Family

“Some of the best and most meaningful years of my life were spent during my education at the College of Charleston! President Stern was fondly known...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Wallace, Evan, and Cheryl Newman-Whaley - SC

“I met Ted Stern in 1974 when I was hired to teaclh poltical science at the College of Charleston. It is fair to say that Ted built the modern...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: john dempsey - friend/colleague

“Tippy, I have so many found memories from Jr. High spending time with you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a very...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa McGuckin White - Charleston, SC

“This amazing man also had responsibility for planning, as a seabee, the enormous logistics of an invasion of Japan in 1945. I believe his...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Roswell Eldridge - NY

“Ted Stern was a man of enormous accomplishment. His life enriched the entire community and touched lives of people around the world. His legacy will...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Marcus Newberry - NC

“What a wonderful man! His positive energy and force lit up rooms whenever he entered. How lucky Charleston is to have had his leadership for so...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow. May you find comfort in your many cherished memories. ”
14 of 29 | Posted by: Cissy Baxley-Bonifay - Charleston, SC

“It has been an honor to know Dr. Stern. A great man who has left a great legacy. A celebration of an amazing life of a man that had a profound...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Margaret Chanler - Charleston, SC

“I first met Ted When I was 10 Years old. After almost 50 years together I will remember his smile and the twinkle in the eye of my "Uncle Ted". I...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Zachary Solomon - Charleston, SC

“President Stern has been my Charleston role model for many years. He hired me in 1972. When I first met him, I immediately felt he was a very special...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Charles F. Kaiser - Charlestgon, SC

“Past Rotary District Governor and Past President Ted was a great asset to Rotary, to the College of Charleston and to the City of Charleston. He...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear family and friends of Mr. Stern please accept my sincere condolences of a very special person and dear loved one. The interest this...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Mrs. Shandell - Summerville, SC

“An era has passed. Ted was the gatekeeper of philanthropy and service to community in Charleston. My sympathy for you loss and my thanks for his...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Ruth Heffron

“So honored to have met him...my step great uncle...what a man! What an amazing great life! ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Laura Easter - Charlotte, NC

“Hi Sandy, So sorry for your loss. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Felicia Furman - Boulder, CO

“My sympathies to the family, particularly Sandy, Frances, Daniel,Frank and Allie. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Beth Wright - Greenville, SC

“I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family. My prayers are with you all that you may be comforted at this time. I would also like to...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Carol L. Rodriguez - Summerville, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family. ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: Laura Droege - Charleston, SC

“Truly a great gentleman; a wonderful college president who knew his students' names. Will be greatly missed. ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Anna Hohnadel - Macon, GA

“I kept his letters of congratulation to me upon getting three yearbooks out on time and with a 'professional flair.' I kept his letters of...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Steve Viger - UM

“What a hero, what an inspiration, what an eternal treasure to us all! ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Nancy Muller - Kiawah Island, SC

“My thoughts & prayers go out to the family!! He was a true Gentleman & will be missed at BG!! ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Lana Nealy - Summerville, SC


Theodore Sanders "Ted" Stern, one of the most significant figures in 20th Century of Charleston died January 18, 2013 at the age of 100. A Celebration of Ted's Life will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Cistern at the College of Charleston at 1:00 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at The Sotille Theater. ARRANGEMENTS BY J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL. The family will greet friends at the Stern Center Ballroom at the conclusion of the service until 3:00 pm.

Universally known as Ted, Stern was president of the College of Charleston from 1968 to 1978. As president he transformed the college from a small, private, financially insolvent institution of 481 students to a public liberal arts college of more than 5,000 undergraduates. His $34 million expansion of the college in the early 1970s was a major factor in the economic and physical renaissance of Charleston. During his tenure, the school's annual operating budget grew from $700,000 to more than $13 million. When he "retired" in 1978 the school had an annual $38 million impact on the region's economy. Among Ted Stern's contributions to Charleston was his role as the founding president of Spoleto, the internationally acclaimed music and performing arts festival. He also served as president of the Charleston Rotary where he was instrumental in directing a $9,000 grant to start a community foundation which today is the Coastal Carolina Community Foundation with assets exceeding $147 million. He later was Governor for Rotary District 771, covering eastern South Carolina and parts of North Carolina. He headed the local and state United Way, the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Trident Forum for the handicapped and the Charleston Substance Abuse Commission. Among the many boards on which Stern served were the South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Symphony, Spaulding Paolozzi Foundation, the Saul Alexander Foundation, South Carolina Blue Ribbon Commission on Education, Carolina Art Association, Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Concert Association, and the Historic Charleston Foundation. Stern was also active in Sparta, North Carolina where he owned a farm. There he helped establish the local Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Ridge Bank. He was also one of the first Christmas tree growing business which today is that area's largest industry.

Ted Stern was born on Christmas Day 1912 in New York City to Birdie and Hugo Stern. His father had immigrated in 1889 from Frankfurt, Germany. His maternal great grandparents had emigrated from Cologne, Germany in the mid-19th Century. Growing up on New York's upper West Side, Stern was surrounded by an accomplished family of businessmen, physicians, and teachers. He attended Columbia Grammar School where he became a champion swimmer and was active in student government. Following his graduation from Columbia Grammar School in 1930, Ted attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he continued his lively interest in extracurricular activities including student government and swimming. In the mid -1930s he held positions in the advertising, insurance and oil businesses. He was also active in a variety of Baltimore's charities. In 1940 he headed the Young Democrats of Maryland and attended the Democratic Convention in Chicago that nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt for his third term.

In October, 1940 Ted Stern joined the Maryland Naval Reserves and was immediately called up and sent to the Panama Canal Zone. There, as Ensign Stern - Officer of the Day, he was the first to receive the alert of the Japanese December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned with commanding 400 men to establish an advance air patrol base at Salinas, Ecuador. In May 1942 Stern directed his men to assist Ecuador in responding to a devastating earthquake. In recognition of his decisive humanitarian action, the Ecuadorian government presented Ted Stern with its Abdon Calderon medal. He also received a citation and another medal from the town of Salinas. For the remainder of WWII, Stern played a key role in the construction of two naval bases in the western Pacific which were, at the time, the largest such bases outside the continental United States. For his service in the Pacific Theater, Ted Stern was awarded a Bronze Star, with a "V" for valor. After the War, Stern attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and served in naval posts in Norfolk, Honolulu, Great Lakes and at the Pentagon. During the 1956 Suez Crisis, Stern briefed President Dwight Eisenhower on the world's oil situation. Stern attained the rank of Captain in 1959.

Stern came to Charleston in 1965 to head the Naval Supply Center. The assignment was endorsed by L. Mendel Rivers, South Carolina's powerful, long time Congressman and chair of the House Armed Services Committee. The Charleston Naval Supply Center had a staff of 1,400 and assets of more than $1 billion. Stern ended the Jim Crow vestiges at the Navy Base and headed the first Equal Opportunity Commission in the armed forces. As a member of the Charleston Community Relations Committee, Stern was instrumental in calming tensions during Charleston's divisive 1969 hospital strike. Stern's active involvement in the community brought him contact with Joe Riley, Sr. who became Ted Stern's closest friend. Both Congressmen Rivers and Joe Riley, Sr. were instrumental in Stern's selection in August 1968 as the 16th President of the College of Charleston.

Stern received many honors and awards for his service including: Honorary Doctorates from Presbyterian College, Francis Marion College, The Citadel, Medical University of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, and the University of Charleston. He also received an award for his support of the arts from the National Governor's Association, the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Special Award for Historic Preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Chairman's Award from the South Carolina Aquarium, and the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He achieved the rank of a 33rd Degree Mason, K.C.C.H. Ted was an Elder and long-time

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