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Theodore Stern

STERN: Theodore Stern arrived in New York City in 1938, a 9-year-old refugee from Nazi Germany. The first in his family to go to college, he moved to Pittsburgh in 1958 with Elizabeth Spier Stern, his high school sweetheart, to join Westinghouse Electric’s nascent commercial nuclear energy business. He grew to become “Mr. Nuclear Power,” leading Westinghouse’s nuclear business around the world, then its Power Generation business, and eventually retiring as senior executive vice president and a member of the board of directors. That turned out to be just the beginning. Ted began investing in and mentoring smaller businesses. In his late 60s, he took over as chairman and CEO of a money-losing long-distance reseller and built it into InContact, a billion-dollar software company delivering cloud-based call center functionality. He continued to be active in building businesses, stepping down from the board of one last NASDAQ company only in 2021 at 91 years old. Ted was equally devoted to his family and his community. He personally cared for Liz through five years of an increasingly devastating illness before her death in 2015, wanting for her never to need an outside aide. He remained an important mentor of his sons and grandchildren as they have built their own careers. He provided leadership to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and his synagogue, and support to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Ted passed away on Friday morning, July 29, after a brief hospitalization. He is survived by his three brothers, Julius, Martin and Herbert Stern, and his sons and their families, Andrew, Joanne (Gold), Daniel and Zachary Stern and Jonathan, Joy, Jason and Jenna (Ventresca), and Jessica Stern. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside, on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at 1 p.m. Visitation one half hour prior to services (12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.). Interment Homewood Cemetery. Contributions in Ted’s memory can be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Federation or the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. May his memory be a blessing. schugar.com PJC

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