Theodore “Ted” Gary Winter ’68

Theodore “Ted” Gary Winter, 76, of Richmond, Va, died unexpectedly on April 14, at Westport Rehabilitation Center in Henrico.

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla.,, February 5, 1946, to John Richard and Mary Ruth Winter, the oldest of five children, he grew up in Warrenton, Va., where his father was pastor of the Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his mother; and his sister, Gail A. Winter. He is survived by his father; by brothers, Timothy M. Winter (Sarah) and Thomas C. Winter (Sheryl); sister, Patricia J. Winter; by his wife, Mary Jane Winter; his daughter, Kat J. Winter (Lynn); and three grandchildren.

He was drafted after graduation from Davidson College in 1968, but before leaving for Vietnam, he met the woman he would marry. They recently celebrated 50 years of devoted marriage.

Ted served the library of Union Presbyterian Seminary with distinction for over 28 years in many positions—special catalog librarian, information system librarian, rare books and special collection cataloger. He brought a variety of gifts and was loved by many. His doctoral work in medieval English literature (UVA), as well as his library science degree (UNC) served the seminary well.

Upon retirement, to honor this “true servant of the servants of God,” a special collection he had carefully compiled, augmented and documented was named “The Theodore G. Winter Collection of Nineteenth Century Sunday School Books and Christian Literature for Children.”

He loved books and music, trains, dogs and art, especially of the Southwest. He and his wife traveled frequently to New Mexico, often on the Southwest Chief (Amtrak).

Quiet and caring, he had a great heart for others and for all God’s creatures. He gave generously to help make a better world for all. Most of all, he cherished his family and time together. An active member of Second Presbyterian Church for 38 years, his quiet faith was a source of strength.

A memorial service will be at Second Presbyterian Church on April 30 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial gift to the Union Presbyterian Seminary Library, to the Richmond SPCA or to Second Presbyterian Church.

Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on April 24, 2022.