Theodore Craig Wright, 85, a longtime teacher and coach at Chestnut Hill Academy and a financial planner, died Dec. 8 at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown He had suffered a disabling stroke in 2001.
Mr. Wright had worked at Chestnut Hill for 26 years, serving as French teacher, foreign language department chair, college counseling director, and coach of football, varsity baseball, squash and basketball.
At Chestnut Hill he received the Landreth and the Athletic Director’s awards and a trustee fellowship, was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame and named an honorary alumnus.
Earlier he had taught at George School, St. Georges School in Rhode Island and the Peddie School in New Jersey.
In 1983 he changed careers and became a certified financial planner, working for Lincoln Investment Planning in Jenkintown. He received many President’s Club awards and was named to the company hall of fame for his productivity. He retired in 2001 after the stroke.
A native of Trenton, he was a graduate of the George School and received a bachelor’s degree in French from Haverford College and a master’s degree in French from Yale University.
He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953 in Germany, where he was a coordinator of military and civilian educational programs.
For many years Mr. Wright was active onstage at Stagecrafters and Playcrafters community theaters, and was in faculty shows at CHA.
He is survived by a son, Chris; daughters Suzanne, Elizabeth Craig and Stephanie Denson; two grandchildren; a brother; his former wife, Nancy Wright, and his companion of many years, Judith Brndjar.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 6 at Haverford Friends Meeting, 855 Buck Lane, Haverford. – WF
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