Thaddeus “Ted” Dankowski passed on to a better life on November 27, 2016. Ted was born to Polish immigrants, Helen and Joseph Dankowski in Brooklyn NY on June 22, 1930. He was the third of five children and the first born in the United States. He attended Polish Catholic grammar school at St. Cyril and Methodius in Greenpoint, where he was an outstanding student earning a scholarship to Brooklyn Technical High School. He went on to earn a BS in Mechanical Engineering taking courses at night at The Cooper Union in Manhattan. He also earned a MS in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University, in New York.
Ted and his friends from Brooklyn learned to ski and bought a ski house in Londonderry, VT in 1958. This began his courtship with Vermont and eventually his wife, a native Vermonter. Ted married Geraldine Quinn in 1962 in Manhattan. They were married for 54 years and raised three children. For nearly his entire career, Ted worked as a computer programmer and systems engineer for IBM in New York, Chicago, Westchester and Connecticut, retiring in 1988 at age 58.