Norman R. (Ted) Windsor 1930-2008
Windsor passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2008, after a brave
struggle with lung cancer. He retired
from the University
of Missouri-St. Louis shortly after his diagnosis in June.
Ted joined the staff of the university in September 1971
as an electronics technician. He was later promoted to senior
electronics technician. He was born in St. Louis and served
in the US Air Force during the Korean War, as a trainee and
electronics technician, serving much of his time in Nome,
Alaska, as a radio operator. He spoke often and fondly of
his time in Nome and subscribed to the newspaper the Nome
Nugget, one of which was delivered just after he died. He
spent 13 years with McDonnell-Douglas as an electronics specialist
and then four years as a systems technician at Monsanto prior
to joining UM-ST. LOUIS. At UM-ST. LOUIS, his major role
was in instrument design and construction, but essentially
he was the "go-to" guy for most of the faculty
members and students when they needed technical assistance.
Dr. Lawrence Barton, who served as department chair and essentially
his supervisor for 18 years, says: "Ted Windsor was
one of the most affable and cooperative colleagues I have
ever encountered. As department chair, hosting visitors by
showing them around the department, I would invariably stop
at the machine shop where Ted was located. As we entered
the room, before I could introduce him properly, he would
interject that he was the "general flunky" in the
department. That was spoken in jest, but it had a ring of
truth in that there was nothing Ted Windsor would not turn
his hand to in order to help the chemistry department."
He published technical articles with faculty colleagues,
but mostly he did all the machining, lathe work and instrument
construction that involved building things. Eventually
he had most of the tools necessary for this, but in the
he was a master improviser and using this skill, and many
of his personal tools from home, he would be able to complete
any job he was asked to perform. What made him different
is that he did everything so enthusiastically. Typically
he would apologize if he could not start the job immediately.
He never seemed to have a backlog of assignments, because
he simply got on with it and completed the job as soon
stayed on well past normal retirement age. His iron-horse
work ethic endeared him to his colleagues in the department.
Many years ago, he attended workshops on chemical balance
maintenance and from then on, he did it routinely. He
was an expert on maintaining vacuum pumps and resurrecting
old ones. He maintained the department inventory and
respects helped to maintain historical perspective concerning
instrumentation, etc. Former colleague Dave Larsen pointed
out once in a letter of support for Ted for an award
is no job in the department that is beneath him. He was the
heavy lifter, the picture hanger, the keeper of the department
inventory, the operator of the computer-assisted milling
machine, the photographer, the slide maker, etc. etc." Ted
was honored with an American Chemical Society St. Louis
Section's Chemical Technicians Award in 2000 and the
for Staff Excellence in 2002.
Ted Windsor was loved by all with whom he interacted
and he is sorely missed by his former colleagues in
department and on campus.
the survivors are his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Windsor;
a son, Brett Windsor of Overland; three daughters, Catherine "Kitty" Lindley
of Indianapolis, Laura Poiter of Winfield and Barbara
Collier of Florissant; a sister, Madge Busby of Cuba,
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.