Ted McIrvine used his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University during a career that included research management, academic administration and consulting. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, and served on the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics.
McIrvine published for general audiences in Scientific American and Physics Today, and on the impact of technological change on society in the 1967 book Dialogue on Technology edited by Robert Theobald. While living in Rochester, NY, McIrvine was President of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he hired David Zinman as music director, negotiated the first-ever multi-year labor contract with the musicians, and stabilized the finances.
After studying piano and clarinet in his home town of Winnipeg, McIrvine decided at age 14 not to become a professional musician. At age 15, he decided not to become a journalist. However, he rekindled those interests in retirement. He resumed piano study with Joseph Werner in Rochester and Content Sablinsky in Charlottesville, and played chamber music privately. From 2001 to 2008, he wrote Arts Spectrum, a weekly Sunday column on the arts in Hendersonville's Times-News. After 2007, he taught musical courses at the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement and studied creative writing in the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC-Asheville. He was a critical mainstay in Western NC for CVNC.
Ted passed away on Aug. 19, 2109. The obit is here.
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