Thaddeus M. Rychlak, 72, exporter, radio show host

October 26, 2002

Thaddeus "Ted" M. Rychlak, a former exporting company official and host of two Polish radio shows, died of a heart attack Sunday at a hospital in Houston. He was 72.

Mr. Rychlak, a Forest Hill resident, was vacationing in Houston at the time of his death.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, the son of Polish immigrant parents, he was a 1948 graduate of Loyola High School at Blakefield.

He worked in the domestic traffic department of a Baltimore industrial firm while attending Loyola College at night, earning his bachelor's degree in economics and marketing in 1957.

FOR THE RECORD - Thaddeus M. Rychlak: An obituary in Saturday's editions of The Sun for Thaddeus M. Rychlak omitted the name of a daughter among his survivors, Michelle West of Jacksonville, Fla. The Sun regrets the error.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1953 until 1954, when he was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Rychlak worked for Samuel Shapiro & Co. in the international traffic department for eight years before joining John S. Connor Inc., a Baltimore exporting firm. He was vice president of the company at his retirement in 1992.

Interested in Polish culture and polka music, Mr. Rychlak and his brother-in-law established the Family Polka Program in 1972 on WBMD-AM. He was co-host of the show until 1978. He also established The Polka Hop, which is broadcast Sundays on WTMD-FM.

He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Keough Assembly of the Fourth Degree.

He was a communicant, lector, choir member and Eucharistic minister at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 812 Reckord Road, Fallston, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday.

Mr. Rychlak is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Loretta "Chick" Krawczyk; a son, Lawrence Rychlak of Timonium; three daughters, Janice Lochner of Linthicum, Kathleen Olsen of Fallston and Teresa Rychlak of Highlandtown; a sister, Stella Schoeneck of Phillipsburg, N.J.; five grandchildren; and three grandchildren.

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