Ted Wright Verrill ’71 died on March 3, 2018, in Southport, Connecticut.
(The following was published in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from March 8 to March 11, 2018:)
Ted Wright Verrill, 68, beloved husband, father, and son, passed away suddenly early in the morning of Saturday, March 3, 2018, at his home in Southport, Connecticut.
He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Florence Newcomb; and his two children, Gordon and Sarah. He was the first born child of David and Anna Verrill of Falmouth, Maine. He is survived by his parents and his four younger brothers, Dana and wife, Dolores; Tom and wife, Lynn; Jeff and wife, Anne; and David and wife, Karen; and forteen nieces and nephews.
Ted received a bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick in 1971. His education continued with a master of business administration degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
He worked for several years for the accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand in Boston. In 1979, Ted and Florence moved to New York City. He continued working for Coopers and Lybrand while attending Fordham University School of Law. After passing the New York bar, he began his legal career at the Wall Street law firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood. In 1986, he took his legal skills to Chrysler Capital, the financial arm of Chrysler Corporation. Thus began twenty-five years as an attorney engaged in the development, construction, and financing of hard assets—power generation, manufacturing, public works facilities, and transportation.
Chrysler Capital was dissolved when Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler Corporation; at this point, Ted began focusing his work on renewable energy projects. He developed an electrical generating facility in Ansonia,Connecticut, and worked on biomass in Vermont.
Quoting a profile that was done of Ted in a recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine: “Being a native son of Maine with a seafaring heritage, I had always been intrigued by the power of the sea.”
In 2014, Ted was introduced to Dr. Ramez Atiya, a physicist with several patents for harnessing tidal power. Together, Ramez and Ted created Halcyon Tidal Power, of which Ted was the president and CEO. The company currently has international tidal power facilities in development.
Ted was a man who loved the out-of-doors. At various points in his life he was an avid hunter. He often traveled to hunt internationally.
He was an excellent golfer; he taught his kids to ski; and when they were involved with horses and equestrian activities, he pitched in and rode and helped take care of the horses! He traveled the world and was always interested in good food and fine wine. His interest in good food extended to his own kitchen—he was a great cook!
Ted loved his family, both human and animal. He was generously supportive of his children in education, travel, and life. He was always part of the fun at extended family gatherings. Ted’s wit and humor will be greatly missed by friends and family.